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The NL Central should be higher, but they are held back. The division with the most teams has the potential to be dragged down by the lowly teams and they are.
Houston has been unimpressive once again. Brett Myers has not been the same and the team has sunk to the cellar of the six teams in the NL Central, the 16 teams in the NL and the 30 teams in baseball.
The Cubs are not too far ahead and are the second worst team in the NL. Pittsburgh has shocked many by surging forward, but are still under .500 and have no shot at catching the top. These teams are the reason that the NL Central is higher in the ranking because the other three teams are very strong.
Starting from the next one up, Cincinnati is just over .500, but aren't playing as well as in 2010. Joey Votto is good again, but the team needs to win more. The Brewers, on the other hand, are incredibly strong and are a clear contender for the Wild Card or division lead. Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum are a solid addition to a team that already had a great ace and two powerful superstars in Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.
The pride and joy of the NL Central is once again the St. Louis Cardinals. They are without their best pitcher for all of 2011, but still have the best record in the majors thanks to Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman and the always amazing Albert Pujols.
Were the division not held down by the abysmal Astros and Cubs, they could be in third or second on the list, but until they have a better floor, they've reached their ceiling.