Jason Linden and I discuss the current state of the Cincinnati Reds — including Josh VanMeter’s outstanding rookie campaign — before shifting to what needs to happen for the Reds to make the playoffs in 2020. Then I was joined by longtime Redleg Nation contributor Matt Wilkes for a full-on discussion of next year’s Reds, and the reasons for optimism about the club.

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One Response

  1. CI3J

    Well, the Reds are 8 games back with 6 teams to climb over in the Wild Card and
    2 in the league. All this with fewer than 40 to play. Even though mathematically they still have a chance, realistically 2019 is done as far as the postseason goes.

    But I do think this team as is is close. Most of the big boosts in 2020 will need to come from the young guys maturing as hitters. 2020 depends entirely on Senzel/Winker/Aquino/JVM putting up good numbers, and hopefully not letting Votto’s decline affect the team too much.

    The starting pitching is there. The bullpen is easy to fix. If the Reds are to compete, it’s all about the young hitters.