2nd: Cincinnati Reds
This might be the most surprising for people to see here. The Cincinnati Reds are going to be really good. Some people are buying into the hype more than normal but there are plenty of facts to support the love for the 2020 edition of the Reds. They played well at times in 2019 but they weren’t even good enough to be a legitimate threat down the stretch. They finished the year with a 75-87 record which isn’t bad for a team like that.
After that 75-87 record, they went into the offseason with a lot of hope. Then they added a whole bunch of impact pieces that should be able to have them in the conversation for the division title. Joey Votto has been one of the best players in the league for a long time but now he has plenty of help around him. They added players like Nicholas Castellanos, Mike Moustakas, and Wade Miley to help them out.
There are going to be people who think that they need to prove it first but this roster is no joke. Adding Miley to the starting rotation to pitch with a guy like Trevor Bauer could go a long way with them having a really nice starting lineup. When you combine a pretty good rotation with a good lineup, you have a team that can win a division, especially in a short season. The Reds are an interesting team to watch this year for sure.