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5 Things We’ve Learned From the Cincinnati Reds’ First 30 Games

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5 Things We've Learned From Reds' First 30 Games

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With a 15-18 record sitting six games back of first place, what have we learned about the 2014 Cincinnati Reds after 30 games?

5. Injuries Are Hard to Overcome

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5. Injuries Are Hard to Overcome

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For the last two years, the Reds have fortunately escaped having to deal with a bevy of injuries each season; that has not been the case this year. With 11 trips to the disabled list (seven currently), it has been an uphill battle all season. The Reds have been forced to play without Aroldis Chapman, Mat Latos, Sean Marshall, Devin Mesoraco, Billy Hamilton, Jonathan Broxton, Tony Cingrani and Skip Schumaker to name a few.

4. Devin Mesoraco is the Real Deal

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4. Devin Mesoraco is the Real Deal

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In the offseason, the Reds felt comfortable enough with the progression of Devin Mesoraco to trade starting catcher Ryan Hanigan, and that faith has paid off. Before the injury bug caught him, Mesoraco's line was astounding: .468 AVG, 509 OBP and .787 SLG with three home runs and 13 runs batted in. The future is bright for the Reds' catcher.

3. Brayan Pena Is Solid

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3. Brayan Pena Is Solid

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When Walt Jocketty signed Pena to a two-year deal in the offseason, not much was expected of the backup catcher. However, Brayan Pena is proving to be an integral asset to the Reds. This team would be in trouble without Pena, who has been magnificent offensively and calling games behind the plate. Pena is batting .323/.364/.532 on the season with three home runs and eight RBIs.

2. This Team is No Different Than 2013

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2. This Team is No Different Than 2013

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Much blame was placed on Dusty Baker following yet another Reds loss in the playoffs, and he was subsequently fired. However, the Reds did nothing (aside from adding Pena) in the offseason to improve a team with obvious holes that needed to be filled. The Reds' front office expected a different outcome by fielding the same team with the addition of Brayan Price. The same holes that plagued this team in 2013 are hindering 2014's success.

1. The Reds Are Fighters

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1. The Reds Are Fighters

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With all of the injuries sustained by the team, it is amazing that the Reds are still within striking distance of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Bryan Price and his staff deserve credit for keeping the team afloat despite so many seemingly insurmountable situations that have arose in the young 2014 season.