MLB Predictions 2012: Forecasting How NL Central Will Shake out This Season

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MLB Predictions 2012: Forecasting How NL Central Will Shake out This Season
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The Hot Stove has cooled and one of the most active winters in recent memory is now a thing of the past. 

We're now less than two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training and, needless to say, the competitive balance in the NL Central has shifted dramatically.

The loss of two of the pre-eminent sluggers in all of baseball, Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, will make for a ton of intrigue as the season draws nearer.

Are the Cincinnati Reds now a shoe-in to take the division for the second time in three years?  Are the Milwaukee Brewers still legitimate threats to repeat in 2012?  How about the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals?

Let's take a preseason look at how the NL Central will shake out in 2012.


Alec Dopp covers the Milwaukee Brewers as a featured columnist at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @alecdopp and read his blog.

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