I will be the first to admit, the outlook for the 2013 version of the Cincinnati Reds looks pretty rosy. The organization's recent history of success has dramatically raised expectations around the Queen City. And they appear to have the pieces in place needed to reach or exceed them.
With that being said, here are 15 expectations I have for the Redlegs in 2013. Disclaimer: Some may or may not be positive. Some may or may not bias. Some may or may not be outrageous.
1) The Reds will win their third division title in four seasons.
2) Ryan Ludwick will not have the kind of season he enjoyed in 2012 (.275 BA, 26 HR, 80 RBI), but he will be a productive bat in the lineup. Chris Heisey will play more of a role this year.
3) Devin Mesoraco will bounce back from a horrid rookie campaign (.212 BA, 5 HR, 14 RBI, -0.5 WAR) and eventually earn majority of the playing time over Ryan Hanigan.
4) The Pittsburgh Pirates will finish with a losing record for the 21st consecutiv...