First of all, the organization and its players have tasted the postseason. They have the experience.
Joey Votto is returning from a year in which injury cut his production, and should be ready to continue pummeling the baseball at the plate.
Newly acquired Shin-Soo Choo will start in center field for the Reds this season, and will look to add a much-needed boost to the top of the line-up. He has speed, some power, and can produce a solid amount of hits.
One of the league’s most efficient defenses will likely have another strong year.
With a few members returning to the bullpen from injury and Jonathan Broxton being re-signed for a three-year contract, Aroldis Chapman might get a chance to start this year.
If he can continue to develop his change-up, and be even nearly as effective in the starting rotation as he was in a closer role last year, Cincinnati’s rotation would boast a formidable (indeed, scary-looking) rotation headed by Cueto, Chapman, Latos, Arroyo, and the rising young pitcher in Homer Bailey.
With more offensive production, a stout defense, and a fearsome pitching staff, the Reds will be looking for the NL Central crown.
They’ll also be looking for much more than that.
Cincinnati fans have high hopes, for this could very well be their year.