The Cincinnati Reds, who are 48-56 heading into Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals, may be struggling this season, but their future is as bright as any team in the MLB. Rarely do you hear of a team that boasts five rookies in their pitching rotation, but that’s exactly what the Reds are after this season’s trade deadline. With the shipping off of proven arms Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake, the Reds core is set with Anthony DeSclafani, Michael Lorenzen, Raisel Iglesias, David Holmberg and Keyvius Sampson. These young prospects have the challenge of learning to swim by getting thrown into the deep end, instead learning how to pitch in the majors behind a veteran. The youth movement isn’t exactly a shocker to the Great American Ball Park loyals, as the Reds have been screaming rebuild for a while now.
The remainder of the Cincinnati Reds schedule won’t be smooth as they play in the NL Central. Though firmly out of the playoff race already at 18 games behind the Cardinals, the rest of Cincinnati’s 2015 season will be nothing short of fun and even includes six games against hated division rival Pittsburgh Pirates, the last game of which ended up in a brawl. These last two months on the Cincinnati Reds schedule will be spent gearing for the future, as according to manager Bryan Price, they believe they can still contend next year if they make the right moves.
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However, the decisions to keep right fielder Jay Bruce and pitcher Aroldis Chapman have given mixed signals to fans and media alike. Some reports state that the front office is keeping these two all-stars as trade bait, while others believe that the Reds are ready to compete soon with them at the helm. There was no shortage of interest in these two players who have spent their entire careers as Reds and will Chapman’s rising stock entering next year’s contract year, it seems as if that interest isn’t going away anytime soon.
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