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Freddie Freeman and the Braves could get a break with the Reds having health issues.
If the Braves win the wild-card game, they would likely face either the Nationals or the Reds in the NLDS. The Nationals currently have a one-game lead over the Reds for the top spot in the National League, and whoever wins that spot would end up facing the wild-card winner in the NLDS.
If the Reds can overcome the Nationals' small lead, they would provide an interesting matchup for the Braves. The club has been strong all year, even without Joey Votto.
That is because their lineup also features well-rounded second baseman Brandon Phillips, slugging outfielder Jay Bruce, Rookie of the Year candidate Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick, who did a great job while Votto was out.
The Reds also have some pitching with Cy Young candidate Johnny Cueto at the top of the rotation followed by Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey. Cueto is the type of pitcher capable of pitching his team to a playoff victory by just shutting down his opponent, while Latos has the potential to do great things when he is on as well.
Even the bullpen is loaded, starting with closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman's numbers and stuff are eye-popping, similar to the Braves' Craig Kimbrel, but he recently had some health issues pop up and will need to prove he can make it through the postseason healthy.
They also have top setup man like Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton and Jose Arredondo plus other quality arms such as Sam LeCure, Logan Ondrusek and Alfredo Simon.
The Reds have the talent to win a World Series, but they also need to stay healthy.
In addition to the issues surrounding Chapman, Cueto has shown signs of wearing down of late with an ERA over five in the last four weeks. Votto hasn't done much since returning, as he has just four extra-base hits and no homers in 16 games since returning.
The Reds could be a favorable matchup for the Braves in the NLDS because of their health issues and the fact that the Braves have the better overall rotation.