2013 MLB Predictions: National League Central Preview

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2013 MLB Predictions: National League Central Preview
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Ryan Braun's Milwaukee Brewers had a second half surge, but will it be good enough to conquer the NL Central?

The National League Central is home to some of the most passionate fans in Major League Baseball, and the action on the diamond does not disappoint.

The division has pumped out several World Series contenders over the past decade, with no end in sight heading into 2013.

The Cincinnati Reds are the defending champions, but they still feel the sting of blowing a 2-0 lead to the eventual World Champion San Francisco Giants in the National League Divisional Series.

While the Reds won the division, the St. Louis Cardinals have been the class of the division, with a World Series championship in 2011 and an appearance in the National League Championship Series a year ago.

What's also great about the division is that they have two up-and-coming teams, with the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates showcasing some great young talent.

Then the Chicago Cubs have some great...um...tradition? But they also possess some young studs worth keeping an eye on.

The NL Central will be another great race this season, and here is how it will play out.

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