After another week in the NL Central, we have seen some major changes in a division pegged preseason to be the toughest.
Here’s how the Division looks:
CARDINALS- After a five win week, the Cardinals find themselves rolling atop the National League Central. Their offense has continually produced and their pitchers are finding their strides as well. The Cards offense looks to be one of the tops in baseball, leading them to sweep the Brewers and take two of three from the struggling Reds. ON DECK: The Cardinals head to Washington for a four game series and then travel to Wrigley for their first series with the Cubs this season.
CUBS- Big Jon Lester is back, and the Cubs pitching staff is on a roll – even Yu Darvish had a quality start. David Bote’s bat is clutch as ever and Javy Baez is still making strides at the plate. The Cubs still await reinforcements to return from injury or suspension, but Kris Bryant homering twice over the weekend is quite the assuring sign. The Cubs took two of three from both the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks last week. ON DECK: The Cubs travel to Seattle for a two game series against the Mariners and then host the rival Cardinals this weekend.
BREWERS- The Brewers struggled this past week, getting swept by the Brewers and taking two out of three from the Mets. The Brew Crew’s pitching has not been very consistent, but Josh Hader is still a beast. Christian Yelich is down with a stiff back, probably from carrying this team through the first month of the season. Yelich’s 14 homers lead the majors. ON DECK: The Brewers start a home stand this week by hosting the Rockies and the Mets.
PIRATES- The Pirates had the worst week in baseball this past week, going winless in seven games. The Buckos struggled to put a good game together against both the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers. A team that surprised for the first month seems to be coming back to earth a bit. ON DECK: The Pirates look to get back on track this week traveling to the Rangers and then hosting the A’s.
REDS- The Reds look to be consistently below average. Their offense shows signs of being great but the Reds lack the pitching to compete on a regular basis. The Reds managed to take two of three from the Braves in a battle of two of the games best first basemen. The Reds then ran into the red hot red birds over the weekend and dropped two of three. ON DECK: The Reds travel to the Big Apple to play the Mets for four games and then host the Giants over the weekend.