Chicago Cubs no longer the benefactor of a lowly Cincinnati rotation
Wood was due for a regression after going 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 2017, but he still had a very respectable 3.68 ERA in 27 starts for the Dodgers last season. Roark has hardly been spectacular after consecutive seasons above a 4.00 ERA, but he is a ground-ball pitcher in a ballpark that demands such a style.
Gray could hold the keys to Cincinnati’s season as the potential ace. He struggled to a 4.90 ERA last season but pitched well away from Yankee Stadium. The right-hander had 3.17 ERA and 9.9 K/9 on the road, which suggests that he may have just needed a change in scenery.
Can he have success in what was a very hitter-friendly ballpark last season? If so, he could be a focal point in a major Reds rebound.
Puig and Kemp are solid additions to a lineup that stands to score some more runs this season, but it is the arms in the rotation that will have the biggest impact.