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Second Half Predictions For Each Cincinnati Reds Player

Second Half Predictions For Each Cincinnati Reds Player

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The Cincinnati Reds sit in third place of the NL Central with a record of 39-38, 7.5 games out of first place. In order to reach the playoffs, the Reds will need improved performances from a number of players. I'll take a look at some projected stats from Reds starters for the second half of the season.

Jay Bruce - Right Field

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Jay Bruce - Right Field

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First half:
.230 AVG | .324 OBP | 7 HR | 29 RBI

Second half projections:
Limited by injuries, Jay Bruce is finally playing fully healthy for the first time all season. Bruce and the Reds expect a big bounce back as the season progresses.

.281 AVG | .349 OBP | 19 HR | 52 RBI

Joey Votto - First Base

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Joey Votto - First Base

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.266 AVG | .409 OBP | 6 HR | 22 RBI

Second half projections:
Like Bruce, injuries have plagued Votto's 2014 season. Since returning from the DL, Votto has cooled off as his average stays around .270 on the season. Questions surround Votto's ability to return to form this season.

.289 AVG | .417 OBP | 9 HR | 27 RBI

Homer Bailey - Pitcher

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Homer Bailey - Pitcher

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First half:
7-4 | 4.80 ERA

Second half projections:
This is not quite the showing Bailey had hoped for following his $ 100 million extension. The Reds, and Bailey, have to be hoping for a second half turnaround.

8-3 | 3.49 ERA

Alfredo Simon - Pitcher

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Alfredo Simon - Pitcher

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First half:
10-3 | 2.92 ERA (15 starts)

Second half projections:
Who expected this to happen? While his first half was nothing short of astonishing, Alfredo Simon has eclipsed his career high in innings for a season -- and it isn't even the halfway point. Will Simon be able to stay healthy and avoid fatigue going forward?

4-2 | 3.22 ERA (9 starts)

Todd Frazier - Third Base

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Todd Frazier - Third Base

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.280 AVG | .348 OBP | 17 HR | 45 RBI

Second half projections:
There are very few players in the game who have had better starts to the 2014 than Frazier. Going forward, it will be a storyline to watch as to whether or not he can avoid fatigue in order to continue his impressive season.

.273 AVG | .334 OBP | 12 HR | 52 RBI

Brandon Phillips - Second Base

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Brandon Phillips - Second Base

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.274 AVG | .306 OBP | 5 HR | 33 RBI

Second half projections:
Like many other Reds, injuries have limited Phillips' playing time as of late. While his average has remained steady, the production from Phillips has been intriguing to monitor.

.263 AVG | .310 OBP | 11 HR | 38 RBI

Devin Mesoraco - Catcher

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Devin Mesoraco - Catcher

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.318 AVG | .384 OBP | 14 HR | 40 RBI

Second half projections:
Mesoraco's start to 2014 has been remarkable. In his first full year as a starter, very few expected this type of production. The main question will be whether or not such success can be sustained.

.276 AVG | .3214 OBP | 8 HR | 36 RBI

Mat Latos - Pitcher

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Mat Latos - Pitcher

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First half:
1-0 | 2.89 ERA

Second half projections:
Having only started three games in 2014, Latos has been slowly progressing through each outing. Though his innings have been low and pitch counts high, Latos has shown signs of regaining his dominant form.

7-3 | 3.19 ERA

Ryan Ludwick - Left Field

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Ryan Ludwick - Left Field

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First half:
.268 AVG | .329 OBP | 5 HR | 23 RBI

Second half projections:
The production from Ludwick has been minimal, as the effects of last season's shoulder injury seem to be nagging him. While power numbers won't increase, questions continue to surround Ludwick's production capabilities.

.269 AVG | .319 OBP | 6 HR | 19 RBI

Johnny Cueto - Pitcher

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Johnny Cueto - Pitcher

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First half:
7-5 | 1.86 ERA

Second half projections:
Cueto has been sensational for the Reds in 2014. Assuming the Reds stay in the hunt and aren't forced to become sellers, Cueto will continue his success throughout the remainder of the season.

8-2 | 2.19 ERA

Mike Leake - Pitcher

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Mike Leake - Pitcher

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First half:
5-6 | 3.59 ERA

Second half projections:
Despite a strong start, Leake has faltered as of late. Look for the Reds to consider giving him a break if the struggles don't subside (with Tony Cingrani, possibly).

5-4 | 3.42 ERA

Billy Hamilton - Center Field

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Billy Hamilton - Center Field

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First half:
.270 AVG | .304 OBP | 4 HR | 24 RBI

Second half projections:
The progressions of Hamilton have been fun to watch throughout the first half of the season. The Reds will be in need of Hamilton improving his OBP going forward.

.265 AVG | .311 OBP | 3 HR | 19 RBI

Aroldis Chapman - Closer

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Aroldis Chapman - Closer

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First half:
0-2 | 2.57 ERA | 14 Saves

Second half projections:
After making a remarkable comeback, Chapman has been strong for the Reds (minus one or two rough outings). Striking out over 50 percent of the batters he has faced, his off-speed pitches have been garnering quite the praise in 2014.

1-3 | 1.89 ERA | 24 Saves

Zack Cozart - Shortstop

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Zack Cozart - Shortstop

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.229 AVG | .274 OBP | 2 HR | 17 RBI

Second half projections:
To say the start for Cozart was rough would be a large understatement. Notoriously known for having strong second halves, the Reds will look for the same from their shortstop.

.257 AVG | .304 OBP | 7 HR | 29 RBI

Grant Doepel is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrantDoepel, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.