Today we look at the NL Central where each organization is at and what each team should be looking to do this winter. The cream of the crop of this division has been the St.Louis Cardinals the last 4 years. The last 4 years the Cards made it to the NLDS twice before their season ended and made it to the World Series twice winning the Fall Classic back in 2011. The Pirates are the team next in line in the division in terms of recent success making the playoffs the last two years as the home Wild Card team. The other teams have to catch up.
The Cubs have been going through a painful rebuilding program but the fruits of their labor are about to sprout. The Cubs lead by their big boss Theo Epstein who ended the championship drought in Boston is determined to do the same for the fans at Wrigley. The Cubs just hired Joe Maddon who is terrific manager and great with young players. Perfect fit for where the Cubs are at in terms of their development.
The Cubs have a lot of extremely talented young position players already on the main roster in Rizzo, Castro, Baez, Soler and Alcantara. The Cubs two best young position players have yet to make it to the big club in Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. Bryant appears to be ready for the Majors but the Cubs might want to wait until early June of 2015 because of his super 2 clock. Russell we probably won’t see until the summer time. The abundance of talent the Cubs have up the middle in Castro, Baez and Russell makes one of them expendable in a trade which will net a large return. Continue reading
Well we have reached September and we have a number of interesting races in Major League Baseball both division and wild card. Let’s take a look.
The Royals enter September 1/2 game lead over 2nd place Detroit but 1 in the loss column. The Royals had a fantastic August going 19-9 (15-3 from August 1 through the 19th), while the Tigers were a very mediocre 16-15. The Royals and Tigers play each other 6 more times (3 at each place). The Royals have 14 games left versus Texas, the White Sox & Boston. While the Tigers 10 of their last 13 are against the Twins and White Sox.
Th Brewers and Cardinals enter September in a dead tie for first with the Pirates just 2 games back. The Brewers have lost 5 in a row and need to get the ship steadied ASAP. The Brewers play the Cardinals 7 more times (4 at home & 3 away) including a big 4 game series starting this Thursday in Milwaukee. The Brew Crew also play the Pirates one more series a 3 gamer at Pittsburgh. The Brewers need to make hay with 12 games left versus the Reds and Cubs. For the Cardinals in addition to a bunch of games versus the Brewers they too go to Pittsburgh for a 3 game series as they have just 1 series left with the Pirates. Continue reading
Believe it or not we have have hit the half way mark in baseball. Most teams have played 81 games or are just about at the halfway mark. Everyone always thinks of the All-Star game as the half way mark but that’s closer to the 100 game mark. So today we are going to break down the NL and where teams are at in terms of divisional and wild card races. Who are the buyers and who are the sellers as well.
Brewers: They have played the best baseball game in game out this season in the NL and hence they have the best record in the senior circuit currently. Milwaukee is 6.5 games up on the Reds and Cards and 8 up on the Pirates. The Brewers have a strong lineup (2nd in NL in Runs & HR’s) and have pitched pretty good. To me the Brewers just need to stay healthy (got a scare over the weekend when Ryan Braun crashed into Carlos Gomez) and add a veteran bullpen arm, maybe a veteran starting pitcher for the 5th spot if Estrada continues to be inconsistent. I would also look to improve my bench if I was Doug Melvin as well. But the Brew crew is for real in 2014.
Braves & Nationals:
The Braves are a half a game ahead of the Nationals but the Nats are finally healthy. When Bryce Harper returns which could be sometime this week all the injured players will be back in the lineup. The Nationals to me have the best team on paper in the NL East and I expect a big second half from them. Continue reading