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Baseball Prospectus released their 2015 PECOTA projections on Wednesday, leaving many Cincinnati Reds fans scratching their head with their placement in the division.

Many expect the National League Central race to be hotly contested, but BP has stacked the bottom four teams within three games of one another. The St. Louis Cardinals are projected to take the crown, going 89-73. In second, and the only other NL Central team above .500, is America’s new favorite team, the Chicago Cubs (82-80).

Tied for last place are the Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers. Each team is projected to go 79-83, or in the Reds’ case, just make a three-game improvement over what was a debacle of a 2014 season. So, apparently, the return of Joey Votto, the health of Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips, a potential full-year of Aroldis Chapman, and the emergence of Devin Mesoraco will only equate for three extra wins. Yippee.

Of course, no one has any idea what is going to happen in 2015. No one could have predicted the absurd number of injuries the Reds suffered to key players. Projections are nothing to take merit of any kind in; Player A or Player B isn’t going to meteorically crash due to the stress of what a baseball website predicts their numbers as, or won’t rise to the occasion just because that same website discredited them. The numbers are there for fodder and for us to start rambling about the upcoming year and how overrated the Cubs are.

Either way, 20 days until pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear, Arizona. Let’s do this.

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Remember Jake Elmore? The Pirates are doing mean things to him. Rum Bunter investigates.

Another free agent reliever fell by the wayside as the Milwaukee Brewers snatched up Neal Cotts, reports Reviewing the Brew. But was the money too much?

Do you want to look deep into Max Scherzer’s soul/his value to the Washington Nationals? Then District on Deck has you covered.

Remember those guys up north in Cleveland? They’re looking to rebound in 2015 as well. In order for that to happen, Wahoos on First says, they’ll need Michael Bourn back and ready to go.

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