National League Central

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* – indicates new to team

+ – indicates injury

1. Milwaukee Brewers

Their pitching staff is among the best in baseball. Can the bats match the output their arms provide?

2. St. Louis Cardinals

It will be a farewell tour for the ‘Big 3’ of Wainwright, Molina and Pujols as they march towards another October together.

3. Chicago Cubs

The transition to a new era on the Northside begins with a new crop of youngsters taking the reins.

4. Cincinnati Reds

They have slashed payroll once again and it cost them Jesse Winker in the process.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

There isn’t much to say as the ‘Jolly Roger’ won’t be raised very much in Pittsburgh.

Player to Watch: P Corbin Burnes – Milwaukee Brewers

Best Acquisition: OF Seiya Suzuki – Chicago Cubs

New Kid on the Block: P Hunter Greene – Cincinnati Reds

Brewers Lineup

1. 2B Kolten Wong

2. DH Andrew McCutchen*

3. LF Christian Yelich

4. C Omar Narvaez

5. RF Hunter Renfroe*

6. 1B Rowdy Tellez

7. SS Willy Adames

8. 3B Luis Urias

9. CF Lorenzo Cain

Bench

1B/DH Keston Hiura

INF Mike Brosseau*

C Pedro Severino*

Rotation

1. Corbin Burnes

2. Brandon Woodruff

3. Freddy Peralta

4. Adrian Houser

5. Eric Lauer

Setup

Devin Williams

Closer

Josh Hader

Manager

Craig Counsell

Cardinals Lineup

1. 2B Tommy Edman

2. 1B Paul Goldschmidt

3. 3B Nolan Arenado

4. LF Tyler O’Neil

5. RF Dylan Carlson

6. C Yadier Molina

7. CF Harrison Bader

8. 1B Albert Pujols*

9. SS Paul DeJong

Bench

INF Edmundo Sosa

OF Lars Nootbaar

C Andrew Knizner

Rotation

1. Jack Flaherty

2. Adam Wainwright

3. Steven Matz*

4. Dakota Hudson

5. Miles Mikolas

Setup

Genesis Cabrera

Closer

Giovanny Gallegos

Manager

Oliver Marmol*

Cubs Lineup

1. 2B Nick Madrigal

2. SS Nico Hoerner

3. 3B Patrick Wisdom

4. C Willson Contreras

5. 1B Frank Schwindel

6. DH Ian Happ

7. RF Seiya Suzuki*

8. LF Clint Frazier*

9. CF Rafael Ortega

Bench

INF Jonathan Villar*

OF Jason Heyward

C Yan Gomes*

Rotation

1. Kyle Hendricks

2. Marcus Stroman*

3. Wade Miley*

4. Drew Smyly*

5. Justin Steele

Setup

Mychal Givens*

Closer

Rowan Wick

Manager

David Ross

Reds Lineup

1. 2B Jonathan India

2. SS Kyle Farmer

3. 1B Joey Votto

4. C Tyler Stephenson

5. DH Aristides Aquino

6. 3B Mike Moustakas

7. RF Tyler Naquin

8. CF Nick Senzel

9. LF Jake Fraley*

Bench

OF Shogo Akiyama

INF Donovan Solano*

OF/DH Tommy Pham*

Rotation

1. Luis Castillo

2. Tyler Mahle

3. Mike Minor*

4. Vladimir Gutierrez

5. Hunter Greene

Setup

Art Warren

Closer

Lucas Sims

Manager

David Bell

Pirates Lineup

1. CF Bryan Reynolds

2. 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes

3. RF Ben Gamel

4. 1B Daniel Vogelbach*

5. DH Yoshi Tsutsugo

6. 2B Michael Chavis

7. SS Kevin Newman

8. LF Anthony Alford

9. C Roberto Perez*

Bench

INF/OF Cole Tucker

INF/OF Hoy Park

OF Greg Allen*

Rotation

1. JT Brubaker

2. Chase De Jong

3. Mitch Keller

4. Jose Quintana*

5. Dillon Peters

Setup

Sam Howard

Closer

Chris Stratton

Manager

Derek Shelton

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