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Reds Finally Getting Respect They Deserve in Latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The Cincinnati Reds are off to a hot start in the 2021 MLB season.
The Cincinnati Reds are off to a hot start in the 2021 MLB season. / Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Reds have not yet cooled down from their hot start to the 2021 season. They are currently 7-5 and tied for the top spot in the National League Central division. Cincinnati continues to be bolstered by an offense that leads the MLB in scoring at 6.25 runs per game.

They are finally getting the respect they deserve by coming in at No. 13 in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings. The Reds were as low as No. 19 just last week, but people are starting to take notice.

The Reds keep moving up from the No. 20 ranking they received on Opening Day. They also jumped past two division rivals in the St. Louis Cardinals (No. 16) and Milwaukee Brewers (No. 15). Cincinnati has balanced team that features a mix of both experienced players and young weapons.

Outfielders Tyler Naquin and Nick Castellanos are leading the way as they each have hit at least 4 home runs this season. In fact, Cincinnati ranks No. 1 in the MLB averaging 1.67 home runs per game. Tyler Mahle (1.93 ERA) leads a starting rotation that is also outperforming expectations so far.

It is still early in the season, but the Reds are proving that they have a real shot to make the postseason for the second consecutive season. They will look to keep the momentum going in a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians this weekend.

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