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Last season was the 150th season of Reds baseball, and it was a roller coaster. The offense placed 25th or lower in most categories, while the pitching shined, which was the absolute reverse of what we had seen for years. Offensively, here is why we struggled.
- Tucker Barnhart struggles, gets platoons with Curt Casali
- Joey Votto posts below-average season shows the decline is real after hitting 1 HR vs LHP
- Dietrich red hot in April and May, but that’s all she wrote as he goes ice cold after that
- Iglesias gets hits but lacks power in a hitters park
- Suarez shines, gets little help
- Lack of experience in outfield shows, Outfield gets platooned.
Anyways, yeah. There was no shortage of issues.
However, the Reds have spent more money this offseason then they did the entire last decade. Yeah. Sad, right? Don’t tell me about it. The rotation, featuring Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Trevor Bauer, Anthony DeSclafani and Wade Miley, will be perfectly fine because Derek Johnson is one of the greatest pitching coaches of all time. He may look like some random dude, but inside that head, he is a mastermind. One that specializes in pitchers. For any College Baseball fans, he turned around the Vanderbilt program in one year, and know Vanderbilt is set on crushing everyones hopes and dreams- specifically ruining the Cardinals season, unfortunately, after they came back from down 3-1 in the 9th in the College Baseball Tourny last year. Anyways, he is a great pitching coach, and he has formed an elite pitching rotation. Hitting wise, our coach is Alan Zinter, after we fired Turner Ward after one season, and he will forever be remembered as David Bell´s scapegoat. Not saying Ward did a good job, but Bell is an idiot in a jersey and knows nothing about managing a game. Yes, I am taking shots at Andy Reid, because I am convinced those two are very closely related.
Comparing the lineup this year, there is an obvious improvement, as shown below.
Starters vs Left-Handed Pitchers (Asterik signifies improvement from 2019 season)
*Curt Casali, .241 BAA, .337 OBP, .398 SLUG, 4 HR vs Left-Handed Pitchers
Joey Votto, .243 AVG, .347 OBP, .309 SLUG, 1 HR vs Left-Handed Pitchers
*Mike Moustakas, .276 AVG, .343 OBP, .524 SLUG, 11 HR vs Left-Handed Pitchers
Eugenio Suarez, .276 AVG, .417 OBP, .577 SLUG, 11 HR vs Left-Handed Pitchers
Freddy Galvis, .283 AVG, .295 OBP, .422 SLUG, 4 HR vs Left-Handed Pitchers
*Phillip Ervin, .349 AVG, .411 OBP, .628 SLUG, 4 HR vs Left-Handed Pitchers
*Shogo Akiyama, .303 AVG, .471 OBP, .392 SLUG, 20 HR in total (Of all the things they track, splits are not one of them)
*Nick Castellanos, .370 AVG, .425 OBP, .713 SLUG, 8 HR vs Left-Handed Pitchers
The Cincinnati Reds against LHP are projected to score slightly over 5 runs a game. If the starter can go 6 innings, then Garrett-Lorenzen-Iglesias finish it out, things go to plan and we win. Even if the starters only go 5, we have Strop-Garrett-Lorenzen-Iglesias. If the starter gets pulled before 5 innings, we can go Sims-Stephenson-Strop-Garrett-Lorenzen-Iglesias.
Tucker Barnhart, .247 BAA, .343 OBP, .417 SLUG, 11 HR vs Right-Handed Pitchers
Joey Votto, .268 AVG, .361 OBP, .453 SLUG, 14 HR vs Right-Handed Pitchers
*Mike Moustakas, .244 AVG, .323 OBP, .508 SLUG, 24 HR vs Right-Handed Pitchers
Eugenio Suarez, .270 AVG, .340 OBP, .571 SLUG, 38 HR vs Right-Handed Pitchers
Freddy Galvis, .259 AVG, .301 OBP, .462 SLUG, 17 HR vs Right-Handed Pitchers
Jesse Winker, .285 AVG, .368 OBP, .519 SLUG, 16 HR vs Right-Handed Pitchers
*Shogo Akiyama, .303 AVG, .471 OBP, .392 SLUG, 20 HR in total (Of all the things Japan tracks, splits are not one of them)
*Nick Castellanos, .301 AVG, .337 OBP, .591 SLUG, 19 HR vs Right-Handed Pitchers
The Cincinnati Reds against RHP are projected to score slightly below 5 runs a game. The bullpen plan stays the same as vs LHP, but the chance of losing increases because the Reds are an extremely power-heavy team vs righties.
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- Power Rankings
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