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19. Cincinnati Reds
The Reds had injury troubles of their own as well. Joey Votto went down multiple times, and when he was in the lineup he hardly looked like the MVP candidate Reds fans love. ROY runner-up Billy Hamilton brought a nice spark atop the lineup, and catcher Devin Mesoraco had a coming-out year. However, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce struggled, leaving Hamilton, Mesoraco, and All-Star Todd Frazier to carry the load. The pitching for the Reds though was exceptional, with Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey creating a nice one-two punch, until Bailey went down with a knee injury. The struggles and injuries of players allowed the Brewers and Pirates to sneak ahead to chase the Cardinals in the very-tough NL Central. In 2015, the Reds will look for bounce-back seasons from Votto, Phillips, and Bruce, and will look for Hamilton and Mesoraco to continue improving. They will need these factors to play out if they hope to keep up with the Cardinals and Pirates, who both made additions this offseason.