Did we really learn anything about the Cincinnati Reds this year?

There are 15 games left in the 2022 Major League Baseball season, and I’m still not sure I’ve learned much of anything about the Cincinnati Reds. They’re rebuilding, and I’ve had a great opportunity to witness that (when actually wrapping the tuning), but other than the obvious, I don’t know there was anything obvious about them at all.

Missed aerial photo season. Tyler Stevenson was, too. Jonathan India wasn’t a complete loss, but with only 91 games played and .714 OPS with no use of his legs, he definitely looks closer to Loss Than any other word I can muster. Nick Senzel may have played his way to no-tender, while Jose Barreiro has had no business returning to the seniors without proper minor league rehab and has subsequently faltered.

Promotion…I suppose I learned a little about promotion. Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft have, at times, looked like more than capable big league bombers. If they can stay healthy – something they’ve both struggled with for so long this season – there’s a chance they can start filling in the departures of Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahley, Sonny Gray and the like, forming a formidable trio around which a little extra spending could create something worthwhile. on the supply front.

However, harsh and cold facts remain – the 2022 Cincinnati Reds have the fourth-worst WRC+ team in baseball (87) and second-worst FIP ​​team in baseball (4.60). Can’t hit, can’t stack, and even FanGraphs stack by rating overall team fundamentals The second worst game in the gamesomething that is faithfully supported by eye testing as well.

I mention this so you don’t pile up – you’ve probably already seen so much of this poor performance that you really feel like spending more time talking about it after the fact. I mention it because I don’t know exactly where they are going from here, at least not by the same standards that saw them strip the franchise to the bone all winter and then realize how bad the situation is in our area. Displayable faces.

The farm system, thanks to Heaven, is in much better shape than it was some time ago. However, even the idea that Elly De La Cruz could make an appearance sometime in 2023 despite not yet being seen in court AAA seems like 2023’s only beacon, that’s a long way off. The truth is that the next wave of potentially influential players won’t give Cincinnati its presence until 2024 (at the earliest), and all we’ve learned so far in 2022 is that there are a lot more questions that need to be answered than there are available answers for what he’s looking forward to. to it in 2023.

The Reds entered the 2022 season as a car that was stripped and mortgaged. Copper wires were sold out, tires recycled, and leather seats sold to the highest bidder. The 12-inch subwoofer that shocked Biggie and The Roots during the Reds’ last fun days brought top dollar elsewhere. The plan, at the time, was that they would spend the 2022 season fixing it back up a little out of the bright lights of ‘competition’, finding the need pieces at good rates and starting to put them all in place again.

I don’t think we’ve seen that happen this year, though. Even with the few parts that have already appeared, it’s as if the mechanic never showed up.

The team leaderboards are Kyle Farmer, who most of us assumed would now be replaced, followed by three players traded months ago and a trio of players in IL for 60 days. Mike Mustakas is in IL for 60 days, again, which is something I think I’ve overlooked over the past few weeks as my eyes have flocked more and more to my head when thinking about the Reds as a whole. Mike Moustakas, a 60-day IL member, and Joey Foto, a 60-day IL member, are the only two players with an actual contract for the 2023 season at the moment.

We’ve reached that weird moment where looking back at the 147 games they’ve played this year seems almost as difficult as looking forward to this next season. We know they have no money, no money to spend, but the truth is that even if they had a coin to splash, I don’t know where they would use much of a haven. They need a full yard, a full bull, and a half yard. They might actually need 3/4s of the field, or half the field and catch if they move Tyler Stephenson off the board to keep him in the lineup. They have three very talented novice shooters in their rotation, perhaps only one of them will clear 100 IPs at the big league level this year.

They need guns, rackets, gloves, promise, guys, luck, the latter of which they certainly won’t find during 2022. How to start shopping for it, I don’t know.