Full 2013 NL Central Piece-by-Piece Preview, Predictions

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Full 2013 NL Central Piece-by-Piece Preview, Predictions
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Last season, the Reds ran away with the NL Central title, winning 97 games and finishing with a nine-game lead over the second place Cardinals.

However, those Cardinals managed to put together another late-season surge to sneak into the postseason as the second wild card with 88 wins.

A Brewers team that boasted the top offense in the National League made a late-season push as well but came up just short due in large part to the worst bullpen in all of baseball.

Meanwhile, the Pirates again contended through the first half only to fall apart down the stretch as their streak of seasons without a winning record now stands at 20.

At the bottom, the Cubs battled with the Astros to avoid last place, losing 101 games in the process as they continue their rebuilding process.

So that's how the NL Central played out in 2012; what follows is an in-depth look at the division for the upcoming season.

 

* All stats via Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

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