2017 National League Central Preview
The NL Central is a division characterized by contrasts.
On the one hand, the Chicago Cubs, led by the best manager in baseball, are the defending World Series Champions and don’t just come into the season as the probable best team in baseball, but maybe the best team we’ve seen in the MLB in quite some time.
On the other hand, the Cincinnati Reds, who might have the worst manager in the game, and the Milwaukee Brewers are in franchise downswings, somewhere between rebuilding and just being bad.
The Reds and Brewers will be cannon fodder in this division, but not just for the Cubs. The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are both playoff contenders in their own right. And, while St. Louis is coming off a semi-down year and Pittsburgh might be entering a period of transition following a sub .500 season, both would be in consideration for the top spot in most divisions but will likely be run over in the Central in 2017. The Cubs are that good.
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