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The Cincinnati Reds season is grinding to its inevitable end

That the Cincinnati Reds sprinted to a 9-run lead in their final Saturday home game of the season was fitting. It was a sprint, something they’ve mastered as they have sped around the bases all season, a rookie in Christian Encarnacion-Strand getting the party started.

Rookies punching down the door and showing their talent - that’s the storyline of the 2023 Cincinnati Reds.

As Saturday showed, however, there’s a whole lot more to a roster than merely finding young, cheap hitters who can mash, the storyline that has become the defining one during the demise of the 2023 Cincinnati Reds.