As the 2017 season winds down, we're giving each team once eliminated from postseason contention its own spotlight. You might not specifically notice it as such, but we've done it several times already. On this fine Sunday, I've tasked myself with grabbing the Reds and the avenue I'd like to take here is an attempt at some optimism moving into 2018. Why? Well, I'm generally a glass half-full person anyway. Plus, the Cubs aren't going anywhere, the Cardinals always seem to find a way and the Brewers appear to have arrived. Things haven't been good for a bit in Cincy, either. I feel like the fan base could use some positive vibes. Let's do it! Offense Joey Votto is a treasure. He's hitting .316/.452/.572 with 30 doubles, 35 homers, 96 RBI, 101 runs and -- brace yourselves -- 130 walks against 78 strikeouts. The decline is coming, as Father Time is undefeated, but he's enough of a batsmith to expect another few stellar seasons. We knew that, though. Do the Reds have more? Actually, yeah. Sadly, Zack Cozart is gone via free agency. Past him, though, there are things to like. Scooter Gennett appears to have found a home and is one of baseball's best stories this season. He's under team control through 2019. Eugenio Suarez is under team control through 2020 and sports an OPS+ of 120. Adam Duvall has reached 30 homers for the second straight year. Scott Schebler is about to join him in the 30-homer club. Small sample, sure, but Jesse Winker is hitting .282/.363/.491 through 125 plate appearances.
Why there are reasons to believe the Reds could be much better in 2018
CBS Sports | Sep 24