The NL Central has always been an exiting division. For the last few years it has almost always been the same records and spots. This year it is about to change with different draft picks and changed teams. These six teams will all have a chance to compete this year, but one team has to be better than the other.
The Cardinals seem almost unstppable in the Central Division. With good all around play and some midseason trades will have the Cardinals as the favorite to win the NL Central. Going into the playoffs, now that may be another story, with the Phillies as the favorite to win the World Series over the Rays by Sports Illustrated. I'm going to say the Cardinals are 93-69.
The Brewers are tough to figure out. It seems like they have the power and defense to win, but the pitching will again be their rough spot. The Brew crew will be solid competitors. The Brewers will be 87-75 and 4 games back of the wild card.
They will no longer be known as the loveable losers. A winning season has finally come! With a solid 4/5 guys in the rotation; Zach Duke, Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm, and Charlie Morton and an improved offense the Bucs will have a chance to compete. It will be a crapshoot but the Pirates deserve some more credit so I'm estimating an 86-76 record.
I'm not seeing why Espn is saying that the Reds are going to be so good. I know they signed Aroldis Chapman but that will be their only strength: pitching. Offense and defense lack. The Reds will not live up to expectations and will only go down hill. The Reds will sit at 72-80 at the end o0f the year.
I can smell the goat from here in Pittsburgh. The Cubs will only get worse. The starting rotation will fall apart again. The offense will lack at times and Carlos Zambrono will not make it back into the rotation the Cubs will fall to 70-92.
Lets face it, the Astros are just getting worse over the years. A weak rotation and offense will certainly not help the 'stros. Any veteran they have, I would consider old. The Astros will fail to prevail at a 65-97 record