For the Cincinnati Reds, it has been a rocky start this season. After reaching the playoffs in three of their last four seasons, Cincinnati had expectations to continue their success. So far, that does not seem to be the case in 2014. The Reds have had a tough time, and they currently sit in last place in the NL Central. However, the season has just begun, and there are some positives that Cincinnati can build on to improve their success.
The first positive is the hitting success of catcher Devin Mesoraco. To say that Mesoraco has been “good” at the plate would be a gross understament, because he has been aboslutely incredible. Devin is currently hitting .471 with a .500 on-base percentage. He also has three home runs in just five games played. It’s early, and he has not played a lot, but the current hitting success of Mesoraco is something that could help propel the Reds back into the postseason race as the season moves forward.
Another positive key for the Reds is the speed of their starting center fielder, Billy Hamilton. His hitting has not been anything special, but this young man may be one of the fastest guys on earth. Never in the game of baseball do you see someone turn a grounder directly to the right-fielder into a double, and you also never see someone tag up on a fly ball that was shallow enough to be caught by the second baseman, but Hamilton did both of those things in one game. Stolen bases are Hamilton’s specialty, and it is always a treat to watch him when he gets on base. He is the only baseball player I have ever seen that can make game-winning plays as a pinch-runner, and that is definitely something special. If Billy Hamilton can find ways to get on base more often, his speed and aggression on the basepaths could give the Reds a huge lift.
Mesoraco and Hamilton have the potential to be shining stars in the Reds’ lineup, but they are not the only two positive parts of this ball club. The roster is full of potential, top to bottom. MLB All-Stars, such as Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Aroldis Chapman and Jay Bruce, give this Reds team a gargantuan amount of potential for success this season. There are not many players who work as hard as Votto does to become a better player every single day, and there also are not very many people with the amount of talent that Phillips has. As for Chapman, we all know that no one can throw as hard as he does.
The Cincinnati Reds are off to a rough start, but the positives give this team a lot of potential to turn it all around and be successful in 2014.