5 Reasons the Cincinnati Reds Won’t Win in 2015, Either

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The Chicago Cubs

Sep 28, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) hits a 2-run homer in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past few seasons, the National League Central has developed into one of baseball’s most competitive divisions, with the Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Milwaukee Brewers all making the playoffs at least once since 2011.  With Theo Epstein leading the the buildup of young players and with a strong cast already descending on the Windy City, you can add the Chicago Cubs to the list of contenders for 2015.

There will be no easy outs in the Central next season, and the Reds will have a hard time staying out of the cellar, let alone winning enough games to make the playoffs.   The Brewers similarly seem to be on more of a downward projection, so it might be a Cincinnati-Milwaukee slug fest to see who can maintain “contender” status.