by: Chase Fitzgerald
Pretty much all of the media and Vegas doesn’t have the Reds as the No. 1-ranked team in the league despite fixing all of its holes and winning 97 games in spite of those holes last season. I really disagree with that, so I’m going to do a 5-part series comparing the Reds to each team I’ve seen ranked ahead of them.
Part 1: Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays, according to Vegas, are now the favorites to win the World Series with all the trades they have made this season. I have to disagree with that. Here’s why:
Blue Jays: Adam Lind/Edwin Encarnacion
Reds: Joey Votto
Since the Reds do not have a DH, I put Encarnacion at first which is where he sometimes plays. It honestly doesn’t matter who is at first, Joey Votto, in my opinion, is the best hitter in all of baseball and I’d take him over either of these two. Encarnacion did have a breakout season, but Joey Votto hit .337 and was the only player with an OPS...