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Reds Continue Plummeting in Latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings (April 21)

Larry Rupp
The Cincinnati Reds continue to plummet in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.
The Cincinnati Reds continue to plummet in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings. / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Offseason trades of Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez lessened expectations for the Cincinnati Reds this season, but a 2-11 start is still disappointing nonetheless. They find themselves in the basement of the NL Central division and rightfully plummeting in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.

Cincinnati Reds Power Rankings

The Reds check in at No. 29, which means the fall from the No. 24 spot last week makes them the lowest-ranked team in the NL. The Baltimore Orioles are the only team below Cincinnati (No. 30) despite actually owning a better record (4-8). If this isn't rock bottom yet, it is certainly close.

This shouldn't come as a major shock given how poorly manager David Bell's team has performed in every facet of the game. Cincinnati ranks dead last in OPS (0.524) and second-to-last in ERA (5.92). It's no wonder the Reds have lost each of their last nine games by at least 2 runs.

The toughest thing here is that it's not just a lack of talent that is killing the team's dreams. Even the Reds' best players are in a slump. First baseman Joey Votto has only 6 hits through his first 52 plate appearances and starting pitcher Tyler Mahle's 7.82 ERA pails in comparison to his 2021 mark (3.75).

While the season may only be 13 games into a 162-game schedule, any shot the Reds have of making some noise is quickly disappearing. Cincinnati has odds set at +2500 to win the NL Central and is tied for the fourth-worst odds to win the World Series at +20000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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