Best Cincinnati Reds Future Bets To Place Before Opening Day
The Cincinnati Reds were on the verge of success in 2021 before tearing it all down this offseason. They dealt stars such as Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suarez, and Sonny Gray away and watched Nicholas Castellanos sign in Philadelphia with the Phillies.
But the Reds still have some exciting pieces on their current roster. Let's take a look at the best Reds future bets to place before Opening Day.
Tommy Pham to Hit Over 20 Home Runs
The Reds signing Tommy Pham went under the radar. Pham labored in San Diego last season and hit just .229 with an OPS south of .730. But he still blasted 15 home runs for the Padres.
His career-high is 23, which came in 2017 as a member of the Cardinals. And Pham could potentially even top that this season since he is receiving a chance to bat in the middle of a lineup that plays in an extremely hitter-friendly ballpark.
San Diego plays more as a pitcher's park, so some of Pham's deep fly balls last season might have turned into round-trippers in Cincinnati. Roll with the over on Tommy Pham's home run total in 2022.
Hunter Greene to Win NL Rookie of the Year
Reds' top prospect Hunter Greene is in line to be a member of Cincinnati's 2022 rotation.
Rookie of the Year Awards tend to go to hitters, but Greene could steal the award in 2022. He is one of the most exciting young hurlers in the game and might be poised for a strong rookie campaign.
The former second overall selection got Tommy John surgery in 2019, which stunted his track to the big leagues. But he excelled last season in the minors and has a fastball that can reach the low 100s in velocity.
Greene could end up being a true star for the Reds. And he certainly will have an opportunity to win the NL Rookie of the Year this season.
Reds to Finish in the Top Three of NL Central
Some sportsbooks allow bettors to predict the top three teams in a division. The favorites for the NL Central are the Brewers, Cardinals, and Cubs.
But the fact is that Chicago is not much better than Cincinnati. Sure, the Brewers and Cardinals are safe bets to finish at the top of the division. But taking a chance on the Reds to finish third could pay off in the long run.
The Pirates, Reds, and Cubs are all expected to struggle in 2022. However, the Reds' plethora of young talent could keep them above the other two teams. Players such as Hunter Green and Jonathan India might bring enough energy to the Reds to help them out-perform their set expectations.
Veterans like Luis Castillo and Joey Votto will also add the necessary element of consistency the team needs.
So there you have it. It may not be the best season in Cincinnati this year, but the Reds are still a team worth keeping an eye on. If their young talent pans out, it may not be too long before they find themselves in contention again.
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