The 2021 MLB Season is just over a week old and the Cincinnati Reds are already making headlines.
The Reds are off to an unexpectedly hot start. Through seven games, the team has a 6-1 record and sits in first place of the NL Central. Not only that, but Cincinnati has the best record in the entire MLB. After losing 11-6 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Opening Day, the Reds have won six in a row and show no signs of slowing down.
Despite the hot start, not everybody is respecting the Reds. For example, FanDuel Sportsbooks' latest World Series odds have the Reds at +3500 to win the championship. That puts them in a tie with the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals for 14th-best World Series odds.
It's time that the baseball world starts paying attention to what the Cincinnati Reds are doing. No team in the league is scoring as many runs as they are. The Reds are averaging 9.00 runs per game while the next closest team happens to be the Houston Astros, who are averaging 6.62. It's also not like most of those runs are coming off of lucky hits because the Reds' bats are hitting 2.14 home runs per game as well (1st).
On the other side of the ball, the Reds are surrendering 4.43 runs per game (T-16th). However, the pitching staff isn't entirely to blame for that. Reds pitchers are holding opposing batters to a .193 batting average (4th). If Cincinnati can limit the opposition's big hits, there's no reason to see why they can't be a top team for the rest of the season.
While the Reds have every right to be disappointed with their current World Series odds, things can change. If they keep playing as they have through the first seven games, the prospects of a World Series championship run will look more likely.