Fresh off of winning the National League Central crown in 2012, the Cincinnati Reds are the favorites to repeat but could face some roadblocks in their quest to get back to the postseason.
The team won 97 games and were the first team to clinch its division last season, so it had plenty of time to prepare for the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Reds were sent home earlier than expected, and they are hoping to avoid an even bigger letdown this season.
Cincinnati has the talent to make a title run, but it will have to produce in order to get back to the playoffs.
With a balanced lineup and great pitching staff, it will take a lot for this team not to make some noise this year. The Reds took two of three from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to start the season in what could be one of the most evenly matched series of the season.
So what could keep the Reds from repeating as NL Central winners?
*All stats are from MLB.com.