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The National League Central Division the Most Exciting in Baseball?

Daniel MalkinContributor IJuly 24, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  National League All-Star Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals throws during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

After sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals, the Houston Astros have made a statement to the league and have put themselves back in the division race for the very exciting Central Title. At this point in time they are 1.5 games back from the Cards and are in a second place tie with the Chicago Cubs, who are also playing strong baseball.

Houston will now welcome the Mets into Tropicana stadium where they will go to battle for the next three days. This should be an interesting series and I can’t be the only one who finds the Johan Santana-Mike Hampton lefty on lefty battle to be somewhat intriguing, (good luck, Hammy).

What also makes this division so interesting will be the arrival of Matt Holliday to the Midwest. Holliday will join forces with Albert Pujols to lend a hand in trying to score some runs for a very weak St. Louis lineup. I like the trade a lot and it should give the Cards the upper hand in the division for the time being. With that said, this is a competitive and interesting division and I am excited to see how it will all unfold.

Don’t count the Brewers out, I hope they can land Cliff Lee and make their own run at the title which would add a fourth team to the mix. Stay tuned and keep watching as the Central Division continues to roll on.

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