The 150th season of Reds baseball is now upon us and the buzz in Cincinnati has not been this strong since their playoff run in 2013. The Reds start was not very good in 2018 and probably explains why the Reds are coming off their worst season attendance since 1984. So what are the expectations for Cincinnati? Is it another last place finish in the NL Central or is it finally time for them to challenge the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs or the Milwaukee Brewers for a division championship?
After the 2018 season the Reds hired David Bell as their new skipper. Bell played in the majors for multiple teams including time with the NL Central rivals Milwaukee and St. Louis. David Bell is expected to bring a different type of style to Cincinnati that fans have not seen in recent years.
The 2019 version of the Reds have added some familiar names to beef up their roster. Outfielders like Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig were added from the Homer Bailey trade back in January. Puig and Kemp will add depth and veteran leadership for the young outfielders that are in the club house.
The infield should be the same as it was from the 2018 season. Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett are both coming off their first All-Star game appearance last season. Gennett will miss the first 8-12 weeks with a groin injury, but should bounce back. Both Gennett and Suarez look to lead the Reds in hitting again in 2019, picking up where the duo left off last season.
The Reds beefed up their rotation by trading for Sonny Gray from the New York Yankees. Additionally, Alex Wood was acquired from the Los Angles Dodgers in the Homer Bailey trade. During the Brian Price era the Reds never had a set rotation. Adding Gray and Wood to the rotation will create some type of stability in the rotation. Skipper David Bell is looking for Luis Castillo to be that guy to lead this rotation as Castillo received the opening day nod from Bell. Castillo and Reds open up 2019 in Pittsburgh against the Pirates March 28, 2019 at 4:10 P.M.