National League Central


* – indicates new to team

+ – indicates injury

1. St. Louis Cardinals

Their pitching depth is solid and their lineup has a foundation around Paul Goldschmidt.

2. Cincinnati Reds

They are the trending favorite to surprise folks around baseball. The moves they made were strategic considering their ballpark is a hitters paradise.

3. Chicago Cubs

The talent is there to clinch a Wild Card spot or even win the division, but there are questions as to what their future holds.

4. Milwaukee Brewers

If their pitching staff can match what their lineup can do then the Brewers should be contenders all the way.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

After a steady run of success, the Pirates are starting from scratch.

Player to Watch: OF Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers

Best Acquisition: 2B Mike Moustakas – Cincinnati Reds

New Kid on the Block: INF Nico Hoerner – Chicago Cubs

Cardinals Lineup

1. RF Dexter Fowler

2. 2B Kolten Wong

3. 1B Paul Goldschmidt

4. C Yadier Molina

5. SS Paul DeJong

6. 3B Tommy Edman

7. LF Tyler O’Neil

8. DH Matt Carpenter

9. CF Harrison Bader


OF Lane Thomas

C Matt Wieters

INF Edmundo Sosa


1. Jack Flaherty

2. Dakota Hudson

3. Adam Wainwright

4. Carlos Martinez

5. Daniel Ponce de Leon


Andrew Miller


Kwang Hyun Kim*


Mike Shildt

Reds Lineup

1. CF Nick Senzel

2. 1B Joey Votto

3. 3B Eugenio Suarez

4. 2B Mike Moustakas*+

5. RF Nick Castellanos*

6. DH Jesse Winker

7. SS Freddy Galvis

8. LF Shogo Akiyama*

9. C Curt Casali


INF Kyler Farmer

OF/DH Aristides Aquino

OF Phillip Ervin


1. Luis Castillo

2. Sonny Gray

3. Trevor Bauer

4. Wade Miley*

5. Tyler Mahle


Michael Lorenzen


Raisel Iglesias


David Bell

Cubs Lineup

1. 3B Kris Bryant

2. SS Javier Baez

3. 1B Anthony Rizzo

4. C Willson Contreras

5. LF Kyle Schwarber

6. DH Victor Caratini

7. RF Jason Heyward

8. CF Ian Happ

9. 2B Jason Kipnis*


INF Nico Hoerner

OF Steven Souza Jr.*

OF Albert Almora Jr.


1. Kyle Hendricks

2. Yu Darvish

3. Jon Lester

4. Jose Quintana+

5. Tyler Chatwood


Jeremy Jeffress*


Craig Kimbrel


David Ross*

Brewers Lineup

1. CF Lorenzo Cain

2. LF Christian Yelich

3. DH Ryan Braun

4. 1B Justin Smoak*

5. 2B Keston Hiura

6. RF Avisail Garcia*

7. C Omar Narvaez*

8. SS Orlando Arcia

9. 3B Eric Sogard*


INF Brock Holt*

INF Jedd Gyorko*

OF Ben Gamel


1. Brandon Woodruff

2. Freddy Peralta

3. Brett Anderson*+

4. Adrian Houser

5. Josh Lindblom*


Corey Knebel


Josh Hader


Craig Counsell

Pirates Lineup

1. LF Bryan Reynolds

2. RF Gregory Polanco

3. 1B Josh Bell

4. 3B Colin Moran

5. DH Jose Osuna

6. SS Kevin Newman

7. 2B Adam Frazier

8. C Jacob Stallings

9. CF Jarrod Dyson


INF Erik Gonzalez

OF Guillermo Heredia*

INF/OF Cole Tucker


1. Joe Musgrove

2. Trevor Williams

3. Mitch Keller

4. Derek Holland*

5. Steven Brault


Richard Rodriguez


Keone Kela+


Derek Shelton*

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