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Sunday, June 24th, 2018




If I had to make a prediction for the NL Central right now, I would still pick the Cubs. But 2 teams scare me and one will be overlooked but I think much improved.

I look at the Brewers and the Reds and they make me nervous. And I think the Pirates will be a much better ballclub this year too. The Cardinals will always be the Cardinals–they will make some noise. The Astros are the lone team that I don’t think have a shot at the Central title. So here it is:

  1. Cubs
  2. Brewers
  3. Reds
  4. Pirates
  5. Cardinals
  6. Astros

So what say ye? Here are some other NL Central Predictions: Viva El Birdos (Cardinals), A Citizen’s Blog (Phillies), The Blue Workhorse, Bleacher Report

  • http://www.tremendousupsidepotential.com Rickhouse

    The Cubbies are lucky that Dusty is managing the Reds. So much young talent there, and it’ll never get a chance to see the field. Apparently they’re already upset with Homer Bailey, if they do pitch him, his arm will surely fall off like Prior and Wood anways.

  • Mike O

    I just don’t see the Crew contending like they did last year. They have a great lineup, solid hitters, and some of them scary, no doubt. Their pitching is suspect. I don’t like Turnbow to have much success in the closer role, and their rotation is decent at best. Sheets may go three sheets to the wind in a hurry. He’s the Kerry Wood North.

    The Reds will finish with a winning record. Phillips keeps emerging, and although he’s not a typical 4 hole hitter, he’ll do just fine between Griffey and Dunn. I think Griffey is going to have a solid year as he plays out his contract. He’s the type of player who would do that for the fans rather than to get a last payoff for another club next year.
    Their pitching is coming around, and Dusty should be able to get them close to the mid eighties in wins.

    Pittsburgh is headed in the right direction, but they are still a ways off from landing at a winning season, in my opinion. I wouldn’t fall over if they won more than 75.

    StL and the Stros are headed south for a while.

  • dhaab

    LOL I absolutely LOVE when the Cardinals are picked to finish last. Especially in a weak division like the Central.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Like I said, the Cardinals are still the Cardinals. It wouldn’t surprise me if they finished higher than expected, and shouldn’t surprise anyone really.

    I think the Brewers pitching staff is a little more suspect than the Cubs, but it also has more potential.

    The Reds can be very scary. Dusty will have them rocking for their first year.

  • dhaab

    Not really convinced the Reds are anything more than they’ve been over the past 8 years or so. They certainly have some younger talent that is potentially good, but the overall structure of the team still seems a bit off to me. The middle defense (Catcher, SS, 2B and CF) isn’t so great either.

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