National League Central

* – indicates new to team

+ – indicates injury

1. Chicago Cubs

A few tweaks to the pitching staff has the ‘lovable losers’ looking to get back to the Fall Classic.

2. St. Louis Cardinals

A busy offseason for the Redbirds with a lot of expectations to get back to playing in October.

3. Milwaukee Brewers

They were the surprise in the Central last year, but they won’t be able to sneak up on anyone this year.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates

The face of the franchise was traded. Now they need to enact their plan to remain competitive for the next crop.

5. Cincinnati Reds

Their pitching staff is still a work in progress, but the future is looking a lot better.

Player to Watch: C Willson Contreras Chicago Cubs

Best Acquisition: OF Marcell Ozuna St. Louis Cardinals

New Kid on the Block: 3B Nick Senzel Cincinnati Reds

Cubs Lineup

1. CF Ian Happ

2. 3B Kris Bryant

3. 1B Anthony Rizzo

4. C Willson Contreras

5. LF Kyle Schwarber

6. SS Addison Russell

7. RF Jason Heyward

8. 2B Javier Baez

Bench

INF/OF Ben Zobrist

OF Albert Almora Jr.

INF Tommy La Stella

Rotation

1. Jon Lester

2. Kyle Hendricks

3. Yu Darvish*

4. Jose Quintana

5. Tyler Chatwood*

Setup

Pedro Strop

Closer

Brandon Morrow*

Manager

Joe Maddon

Cardinals Lineup

1. RF Dexter Fowler

2. CF Tommy Pham

3. 1B Matt Carpenter

4. LF Marcell Ozuna*

5. C Yadier Molina

6. 3B Jedd Gyorko

7. SS Paul DeJong

8. 2B Kolten Wong

Bench

OF/1B Jose Martinez

INF Greg Garcia

INF/OF Yairo Munoz*

Rotation

1. Carlos Martinez

2. Michael Wacha

3. Adam Wainwright

4. Miles Mikolas*

5. Luke Weaver

Setup

Tyler Lyons

Closer

Greg Holland*

Manager

Mike Matheny

Brewers Lineup

1. LF Christian Yelich*

2. CF Lorenzo Cain*

3. 3B Travis Shaw

4. 1B Eric Thames

5. RF Domingo Santana

6. C Manny Pina

7. SS Orlando Arcia

8. 2B Jonathan Villar

Bench

OF/1B Ryan Braun

INF/OF Hernan Perez

C Stephen Vogt

Rotation

1. Jimmy Nelson+

2. Chase Anderson

3. Zach Davies

4. Jhoulys Chacin*

5. Brent Suter

Setup

Josh Hader

Closer

Corey Knebel

Manager

Craig Counsell

Pirates Lineup

1. CF Starling Marte

2. 2B Josh Harrison

3. RF Gregory Polanco

4. 1B Josh Bell

5. LF Corey Dickerson*

6. C Francisco Cervelli

7. 3B Colin Moran*

8. SS Jody Mercer

Bench

INF/OF Adam Frazier

3B/1B David Freese

INF/OF Sean Rodriguez

Rotation

1. Ivan Nova

2. Jameson Taillon

3. Chad Kuhl

4. Trevor Williams

5. Joe Musgrove*

Setup

George Kontos

Closer

Felipe Rivero

Manager

Clint Hurdle

Reds Lineup

1. CF Billy Hamilton

2. 3B Eugenio Suarez

3. 1B Joey Votto

4. 2B Scooter Gennett

5. LF Adam Duvall

6. RF Scott Schebler

7. SS Jose Peraza

8. Tucker Barnhart

Bench

OF Jesse Winker

INF Cliff Pennington*

C Devin Mesoraco

Rotation

1. Homer Bailey

2. Luis Castillo

3. Sal Romano

4. Tyler Mahle

5. Brandon Finnegan

Setup

Wandy Peralta

Closer

Raisel Iglesias

Manager

Bryan Price

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