Cincinnati Reds: Standout Players to Begin 2021 Season

The 2021 MLB season has already brought a lot of excitement. But, when you look at the Cincinnati Reds there are several players who have showed up big time.

The NL Central is up for grabs with St. Louis and Milwaukee having a few flaws.

Then, there’s Pittsburgh and Chicago which haven’t found enough consistency just yet. But, no one expects much from either club.

The Reds are an odd bunch. They have some potential All-Stars this season, but I’m not sure they’ll have enough to reach the playoffs.

Let’s look at some of the important players for Cincinnati this season.

Sluggers All Around

Tyler Naquin already has 18 ribbies and an average of .269.

Nick Castellanos currently holds seven homers and 14 ribbies.

Catcher Tucker Barnhart is hitting .366 with nine RBIs and 15 hits.

Jesse Winker has also been a lightning rod for the Reds this year.

The left fielder has a clip of .382 with 21 hits and 10 ribbies.

Jonathan India has 15 hits and 14 RBIs.

Pitching Success

The Reds starting pitching has been great to begin the season.

Jeff Hoffman has an ERA of 2.66 through 20.1 innings.

Tyler Mahle has allowed four earned runs in 20.2 frames and only nine hits.

Despite some arms pitching well, others like Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo has to improve.

Gray holds an ERA of 7.88 since returning to the big league club. Castillo has a mark of 6.05 so far.

The bullpen also has to get better.

Amir Garrett allowed nine earned runs in six innings of work.

On Friday, Cionel Perez was optioned to the Reds taxi squad after struggling to start the year right.

Lucas Sims and Sean Doolittle also need to take a step in the right direction as the season progresses.

Cincy did get 1.1 shutout innings out of Heath Hembree in his Reds debut on Friday.

If the Reds get better pitching late in the year, they should compete for a playoff spot.

Oh One More Thing

First baseman Joey Votto has four homers so far and he’s sporting an average of .234. He also has 11 ribbies.

Mike Moustakas has a clip of .289 and 11 hits to open the season.

With so many good hitters in their daily lineup, the Cincinnati Reds can get into the playoff discussion.

We’re still waiting for Aristides Aquino to show up and be productive this season.

In 10 games, Aquino has three RBIs, three hits, and an average of .231.

Aquino was placed on the injured list last week after having wrist surgery.

He is expected to miss another month before coming back to the Reds roster.

I’m wondering if the Reds will try to add another bat or a new relief pitcher before the trade deadline.

Is it possible that Cincy actually misses Raisel Iglesias? The former Reds closer and starter was traded to the Los Angeles Angels during the offseason.

How do you view the Cincinnati Reds? Leave a comment below.

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