National League Central

* – indicates new to team

1. Chicago Cubs

108 years and counting since their last World Series title. That could all end this season for the ‘lovable losers’.

2. St. Louis Cardinals

You want to count them out, but they have one of the deepest talent pools in all of baseball.

3. Pittsburgh Pirates

They would be the favorites to win the division if they weren’t in the NL Central.

4. Milwaukee Brewers

The rebuilding has begun for the Brew Crew and they will look to be contenders in two seasons.

5. Cincinnati Reds

Having Joey Votto keeps them competitive, but they need to rebuild the pitching staff.

Player to Watch: P Jake Arrieta Chicago Cubs

Does he have a repeat of his 2015 Cy Young season in him? It’s certainly possible with the roster around him gaining another year of experience and adding the likes of Heyward and Zobrist backing him up on defense.

Best Acquisition: OF Jason Heyward Chicago Cubs

His defense is unquestioned as he can play all three outfield spots, but is better suited in right. The question was will his bat live up to the contract he received? In this stacked lineup there should be no doubts.

New Kid on the Block: SS Orlando Arcia Milwaukee Brewers

An outstanding defender at his age and his bat has excelled to the point where the Brewers would be hard pressed to keep in the minors past June.

Chicago Cubs

Cubs Lineup

1. CF Dexter Fowler

2. RF Jason Heyward*

3. 3B Kris Bryant

4. 1B Anthony Rizzo

5. LF Jorge Soler

6. 2B Ben Zobrist*

7. C Miguel Montero

8. SS Addison Russell

Bench

OF/C Kyle Schwarber

INF Javier Baez

OF Matt Szcur

Rotation

1. Jake Arrieta

2. Jon Lester

3. John Lackey*

4. Kyle Hendricks

5. Jason Hammel

Setup

Pedro Strop

Closer

Hector Rondon

Manager

Joe Maddon

St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals Lineup

1. 3B Matt Carpenter

2. RF Stephen Piscotty

3. LF Matt Holliday

4. 1B Matt Adams

5. CF Randal Grichuk

6. C Yadier Molina

7. 2B Kolten Wong

8. SS Ruben Tejada*

Bench

1B/OF Brandon Moss

INF Jedd Gyorko*

OF Tommy Pham

Rotation

1. Adam Wainwright

2. Michael Wacha

3. Mike Leake

4. Carlos Martinez

5. Jaime Garcia

Setup

Kevin Siegrist

Closer

Trevor Rosenthal

Manager

Mike Matheny

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates Lineup

1. LF Starling Marte

2. 2B Josh Harrison

3. CF Andrew McCutchen

4. 3B David Freese*

5. RF Gregory Polanco

6. 1B Michael Morse

7. SS Jung Ho Kan

8. C Francisco Cervelli

Bench

INF Jordy Mercer

INF/OF Sean Rodriguez

C/1B John Jaso*

Rotation

1. Gerrit Cole

2. Francisco Liriano

3. Jonathon Niese*

4. Ryan Vogelsong*

5. Jeff Locke

Setup

Tony Watson

Closer

Mark Melancon

Manager

Clint Hurdle

Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers Lineup

1. 2B Scooter Gennett

2. CF Domingo Santana

3. RF Ryan Braun

4. 1B Chris Carter*

5. C Jonathan Lucroy

6. RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis*

7. 3B Will Middlebrooks*

8. SS Jonathan Villar*

Bench

INF Aaron Hill*

C Martin Maldonado

OF Eric Young Jr.*

Rotation

1. Jimmy Nelson

2. Wily Peralta

3. Taylor Jungmann

4. Matt Garza

5. Zach Davies

Setup

Corey Knebel

Closer

Jeremy Jeffress

Manager

Craig Counsell

Cincinnati Reds

Reds Lineup

1. SS Zack Cozart

2. 2B Brandon Phillips

3. 1B Joe Votto

4. RF Jay Bruce

5. C Devin Mesoraco

6. 3B Eugenio Suarez

7. LF Adam Duvall

8. CF Billy Hamilton

Bench

INF Jose Peraza*

INF Ivan De Jesus

OF Scott Schebler*

Rotation

1. Anthony DeSclafani

2. Raisel Iglesisas

3. John Lamb

4. Jon Moscot

5. Brandon Finnegan

Setup

Jumbo Diaz

Closer

J.J. Hoover

Manager

Bryan Price

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