When we last checked in, two weeks into the season, the Reds were in first place and flying high. The last six weeks have been a bit more up and down; Cincinnati stands at 26-30, good for 4th place in the National League Central division.
Surprisingly, there’s still plenty of good news. The rest of the division has been nearly as bad as the Reds over the last couple of months, so Cincinnati is just 4 games out of first place (this time last year, the Reds were already 19 games out and fading fast). The fact that the Reds are still hanging around is a testament to this widespread mediocrity, but also the outstanding production from almost everyone who isn’t a pitcher. The offense, in fact, has been the second-most valuable unit in all of baseball, behind only the Nationals in accumulated WAR after the first two months.
The pitching, on the other hand…well, the pitching is why the Reds are four games back instead of four games up on the rest of the division. It can only get better from here, right? (If not, Lord, beer me strength.)
But after an eventful two months, it seemed like a good time to update our comprehensive Reds Player Power Rankings. We have a few new names this month, and some of them have even made a positive contribution to the Reds. Let’s count ‘em down! And remember: This is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Please, no wagering.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at email@example.com.