National League Central

* – indicates new to team

1. St. Louis Cardinals

Their depth is still staggering as they retool for another World Series run.

2. Pittsburgh Pirates

A fan base is craving for more October baseball.

3. Chicago Cubs

Joe Maddon being named manager and signing Jon Lester were two moves that put them in the right direction.

4. Milwaukee Brewers

A lot was going right for them last year, but they sputtered late and it doesn’t look any better for them this year.

5. Cincinnati Reds

Bogged down by a couple huge contracts could have the Reds looking to sell what assets they have.

Player to Watch: OF Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates

Best Acquisition: P Jon Lester Chicago Cubs

New Kid on the Block: 3B Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs

 

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Cardinals Lineup

1. 3B Matt Carpenter

2. RF Jason Heyward*

3. LF Matt Holliday

4. 1B Matt Adams

5. C Yadier Molina

6. SS Jhonny Peralta

7. 2B Kolten Wong

8. CF Jon Jay

Bench

OF Peter Bourjos

1B/3B Mark Reynolds*

OF Randal Grichuk

Rotation

1. Adam Wainwright

2. Lance Lynn

3. John Lackey

4. Michael Wacha

5. Carlos Martinez

Setup

Seth Maness

Closer

Trevor Rosenthal

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Pirates Lineup

1. LF Starling Marte

2. 3B Josh Harrison

3. CF Andrew McCutchen

4. 2B Neil Walker

5. 1B Pedro Alvarez

6. RF Gregory Polanco

7. SS Jody Mercer

8. C Francisco Cervelli

Bench

INF/OF Sean Rodriguez*

OF/1B Corey Hart*

C Chris Stewart

Rotation

1. Gerrit Cole

2. Francisco Liriano

3. A.J. Burnett*

4. Jeff Locke

5. Vance Worley

Setup

Tony Watson

Closer

Mark Melancon

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Cubs Lineup

1. CF Dexter Fowler*

2. LF Chris Coghlan

3. SS Starlin Castro

4. 1B Anthony Rizzo

5. RF Jorge Soler

6. C Miguel Montero*

7. 3B Mike Olt

8. 2B Arismendy Alcantara

Bench

C Welington Castillo

OF Chris Denorfia*

INF Tommy La Stella*

Rotation

1. Jon Lester*

2. Jake Arrieta

3. Jason Hammel*

4. Kyle Hendricks

5. Travis Wood

Setup

Pedro Strop

Closer

Hector Rondon

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Brewers Lineup

1. CF Carlos Gomez

2. 2B Scooter Gennett

3. RF Ryan Braun

4. 3B Aramis Ramirez

5. 1B Adam Lind*

6. C Jonathan Lucroy

7. LF Khris Davis

8. SS Jean Segura

Bench

OF Gerardo Parra

C Martin Maldonado

INF Luis Jimenez*

Rotation

1. Kyle Lohse

2. Wily Peralta

3. Matt Garza

4. Mike Fiers

5. Jimmy Nelson

Setup

Jonathan Broxton

Closer

Francisco Rodriguez

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Reds Lineup

1. CF Billy Hamilton

2. 2B Brandon Phillips

3. 1B Joey Votto

4. LF Marlon Byrd*

5. RF Jay Bruce

6. 3B Todd Frazier

7. C Devin Mesoraco

8. SS Zack Cozart

Bench

INF/OF Skip Schumaker

INF Kristopher Negron

C Brayan Pena

Rotation

1. Johnny Cueto

2. Mike Leake

3. Homer Bailey

4. Anthony DeSclafani*

5. Jason Marquis*

Setup

Burke Badenhop*

Closer

Aroldis Chapman

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