2014 NL Central Preview And Predictions

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Sep 25, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher

Aroldis Chapman

releases a pitch against the New York Mets in the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Mets won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

2) Cincinnati Reds: 83-79

The Reds just missed out on the playoffs last season, losing the one-game wild-card playoff to the Pittsburgh Pirates last year. But there is no reason to suggest that the Reds couldn’t be right there in the mix again this season, though I still think they miss the playoffs.

The Reds, Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates all played above expectations in 2013. That brand of baseball is difficult to play consistently. That’s why I think that all three of them will have lower win totals than 2013, there just too many other teams on the schedule who improved themselves more.