Originally Posted by Kingspoint
Zack Cozart OPS' .770+
Drew Stubbs OPS' .770+
Jay Bruce OPS' .850+
REDS win 94 games, Central Division Title and play in the National League Championship Series.
Walt Jockety gets General Manager-of-the-Year.
Joey Votto Wins National League MVP.
Ryan Madsen saves 45 games.
Basically... the Brewers last season?
I'm a big fan of the theory that everything that ought to happen in Cincinnati sports happens a year late. Therefore:
-Latos will go down with a major injury early in the year. Chaos and calls for Jocketty's head will ensue.
-However, the rest of the pitching staff will step up to the plate, with only a minor injury or two to derail them. Cueto takes a step back with an ERA around 3.70, but everyone else takes a step forward with Arroyo throwing a healthy 4.00, Bailey 3.50, and Leake 3.75. Chapman proves he can be a consistent starter, lighting the world on fire after spending the first half of the season in AAA.
-Bruce hits 30 home runs and OPS's .900. He would be in contention for MVP if not for a major slump that derails his summer.
-Mesoraco narrowly loses the NL rookie of the year to one Yonder Alonso.
-Ludwick becomes this year's Gomes and is traded for scraps in the middle of the season. Heisey is considered a full-time starter by the end of the year.
-Votto places 2nd in MVP voting behind Justin Upton, despite Votto's superior stats.
-Reds win the division and beat the Wild-card Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs in an epic, celebrated 5 game series, but get swept in the NLCS against the Washington Nationals, who beat the Texas Rangers yet again to win their first World Series.