National League Central


* – indicates new to team

+ – indicates injury

1. Milwaukee Brewers

Their pitching rotation and bullpen are the main reason they get the edge ahead of the Cardinals.

2. St. Louis Cardinals

They’re able to plug any holes with a booming farm system and sign the premier free agent catcher in Willson Contreras to replace the retired Yadier Molina.

3. Chicago Cubs

An interesting offseason in which they spent big money on signing Dansby Swanson, but it’s unknown what the long-term plan is.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates

The one saving grace for them is that they play in the same division as the Reds.

5. Cincinnati Reds

Ownership and the fan base are having a war of words with each other. That’s the only thing worth watching play out this season with the Reds.

Player to Watch: P Corbin Burnes – Milwaukee Brewers

Best Acquisition: C Willson Contreras – St. Louis Cardinals

New Kid on the Block: 3B/OF Jordan Walker – St. Louis Cardinals

Brewers Lineup

1. CF Garrett Mitchell

2. SS Willy Adames

3. LF Christian Yelich

4. 1B Rowdy Tellez

5. C William Contreras*

6. DH Jesse Winker*

7. 3B Luis Urias

8. 2B Brice Turang

9. RF Joey Wiemer


INF Mike Brosseau

C Victor Caratini

3B/OF Brian Anderson*


1. Corbin Burnes

2. Brandon Woodruff

3. Eric Lauer

4. Freddy Peralta

5. Wade Miley*


Matt Bush


Devin Williams


Craig Counsell

Cardinals Lineup

1. SS Tommy Edman

2. DH Nolan Gorman

3. 1B Paul Goldschmidt

4. 3B Nolan Arenado

5. C Willson Contreras*

6. CF Dylan Carlson

7. RF Lars Nootbaar

8. LF Tyler O’Neil

9. 2B Brendan Donovan


1B/OF/DH Juan Yepez

3B/OF/DH Jordan Walker

C Andrew Knizner


1. Adam Wainwright

2. Miles Mikolas

3. Jordan Montgomery

4. Jack Flaherty

5. Steven Matz


Giovanny Gallegos


Ryan Helsley


Oliver Marmol

Cubs Lineup

1. 2B Nico Hoerner

2. SS Dansby Swanson*

3. RF Seiya Suzuki+

4. LF Ian Happ

5. DH Trey Mancini*

6. CF Cody Bellinger*

7. 3B Patrick Wisdom

8. 1B Eric Hosmer*

9. C Yan Gomes


INF Nick Madrigal

C Tucker Barnhart*

INF Luis Torrens*


1. Marcus Stroman

2. Jameson Taillon*

3. Justin Steele

4. Kyle Hendricks+

5. Drew Smyly


Brad Boxberger*


Michael Fulmer*


David Ross

Pirates Lineup

1. SS Oneil Cruz

2. RF Andrew McCutchen*

3. CF Bryan Reynolds

4. 1B Carlos Santana*

5. DH Ji Man Choi*

6. 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes

7. LF Connor Joe*

8. C Austin Hedges*

9. 2B Rodolfo Castro


OF Jack Suwinski

INF Ji Hwan Bae

C Jason Delay


1. Mitch Keller

2. Rich Hill*

3. Vince Velasquez*

4. Roansy Contreras

5. Johan Oviedo


Colin Holderman


David Bednar


Derek Shelton

Reds Lineup

1. CF Nick Senzel

2. 2B Jonathan India

3. C Tyler Stephenson

4. DH Jason Vosler*

5. RF Wil Myers*

6. 1B Joey Votto+

7. 3B Spencer Steer

8. LF Jake Fraley

9. SS Jose Barrero


OF TJ Friedl

INF Kevin Newman*

C Curt Casali*


1. Hunter Greene

2. Nick Lodolo

3. Graham Ashcraft

4. Luis Cessa

5. Connor Overton


Lucas Sims


Alexis Diaz


David Bell

One thought on “National League Central

  1. Interesting take. Most had the Cards ahead of the Brewers but it looks like you were right, at least so far. The Cubbies are stronger than I lot of people thought. And I think their plan (locking up Ian Happ and Hoerner for the next few years) is starting to take shape.

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