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Opening Day 2014: Cincinnati Reds Season Outlook

Reds Season Outlook

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The Cincinnati Reds enjoyed another playoff season in 2013 when they rode a 90-72 record to the second Wild Card spot. They once again underachieved in the playoffs, losing the play-in game to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and this caused the firing of manager Dusty Baker. They have a new coach and a new year to turn it around. Here is the season outlook for the Reds.

Top 5 Hitters

Joey Votto Brandon Phillips
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Top 5 Hitters

Joey Votto Brandon Phillips
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1. Joey Votto
2. Jay Bruce
3. Brandon Phillips
4. Todd Frazier
5. Ryan Ludwick
The Reds have one of the better offenses in the National League. The biggest question mark is how they are going to replace Shin-Soo Choo, who left for the Texas Rangers?

Top 5 Pitchers

Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds
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Top 5 Pitchers

Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds
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1. Mat Latos
2. Johnny Cueto
3. Aroldis Chapman
4. Homer Bailey
5. Mike Leake
The Reds also have a very good starting rotation. A healthy Johnny Cueto for the whole season will only make them better, even without Bronson Arroyo.

Top 5 Newcomers

Skip Shumaker Cincinnati Reds
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Top 5 Newcomers

Skip Schumaker Cincinnati Reds
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1. Skip Schumaker
2. Brayan Pena
3. Ramon Santiago
4. Chien Ming Wang
5. David Holmberg
As you can see, there is nothing of note when it comes to offseason signings. Most were of the minor league variety, except for Schumaker who will make a good bench player.

Top 5 Prospects

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Top 5 Prospects

Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds
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1. Robert Stephenson
2. Billy Hamilton
3. Phillip Ervin
4. Jesse Winker
5. Yorman Rodriguez
Hamilton is one of the most exciting prospects the Reds have had in a long time. He could easily win the Rookie of the Year now that he has the center fielder job.

Final Predictions

Ryan Ludwick Cincinnati Reds
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Final Predictions

Ryan Ludwick
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The Reds may be even better than they were last year. Every team in the division seemed to lose someone significant, so Cincinnati's losses won't hurt as badly. I see them winning this division as long as new manager Bryan Price is a competent manager. They will go 94-68 and win a barn-burner of a division race.