I was trying to look back at what folks were saying after we got trounced on Opening Day. Remember that cold bleak day so long ago? Apparently though only selected threads are archived, so I can't find anything on it.
I did find the MLB predictions thread, predicting a 4th place finish behind St. Louis, Houston and Milwaukee. They wrote:
4. Cincinnati Reds - Do I think the Reds will be a factor in the division? No. Do I think they'll finish above .500? No. But I do expect a 2nd half run from this club after it commits to more youth and makes a few more trades.
We'll see how the season ultimately plays out, but they missed on the youth movement and I'm betting they missed on the standing placement too. And "a few more trades" is quite an understatement.