The Cubs finally did it. They broke their 108 year curse last year, winning a memorable World Series in seven games against the Indians. The Cubs have shown no signs of slowing down either in 2017. PECOTA has the Cubs projected to go 92-70, and win the division by 10 games. The Cubs main core […]

The 2016 Milwaukee Brewers and the 2016 Cincinnati Reds were in a grueling battle for last place in the NL Central last season. The Brewers “lost” that competition, but just barely. Are we in for more of the same in 2017? There are a lot of parallels between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers, […]

From 2013-2015, the Pittsburgh Pirates won at least 88 games with a high water mark of 98 wins in 2015. Last season they took a step back, finishing with a 78-83 record. Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates perennial MVP candidate, was a below average player (0.7 WAR). Even so, the Pirates offense finished a respectable 6th […]

The Cardinals are coming off their first season missing the postseason since 2010. They finished 2016 with a record of 86-76, 17.5 games out of first place. The Cardinals came up just 1.0 game short of a wild-card spot (the Mets and Giants finished tied), despite winning their final four games of the season. The […]

A few weeks ago, I, along with eleven other baseball nuts, created a dynasty fantasy baseball league meant to last for five years. Now, the idea behind the league was to draft once and never again. It would be a dynasty league in the truest sense of the word. I say this because a five-year […]

“Pitching wins championships”: that’s the phrase that weak hitting teams use to validate their fringy playoff chances. You can’t have it all, these GMs seem to say, so might as well focus on what gives us the best shot at having it all. But as seen from Nick Doran’s post this morning, the Cubs have […]

The Cubs are loaded. Let’s just get that unfortunate fact off our chests right from the start. The Cubs are stacked with talent at every position. Not only are their hitters extremely good, they are extremely young too. That means the Cubs will be better than the Reds not only this year but well into […]

The days of making fun of the Chicago Cubs are over. No more “the Cubs will Cub” jokes. The Cubs might be the best team in baseball, not just this year but for the next several years. They have a great core of  young players to build around and some stellar veterans to show them […]

This St. Louis Cardinals 2016 preview was co-authored by Mike Maffie and Nick Kirby. The Cardinals head into 2016 as the three-time defending champions in the NL Central. They won 100 games in 2015, and they needed every win to win the division. The Pirates and Cubs won 98 and 97 games respectively, and those two teams […]

The past three seasons have been good to the fans in Pittsburgh; having seen their Pirates average 93 wins per year with three consecutive trips to the post-season.  Since 2013, the Pirates have finished second in the NL Central, with 94, 88 and 98 win seasons respectively since 2013.  Earlier today, my colleague Nick Carrington […]

The Pittsburgh Pirates have become the kind of organization many hope the Reds will become. They have a forward thinking front office that uses both advanced data and excellent scouting to build a strong roster in spite of their resource limitations. The Pirates had a payroll of just over $86 million last season but that […]

As Jeremy hinted at in the opening installment of Redleg Nation’s Milwaukee Brewers preview series, the race for fourth in the National League Central between the Rebootin’ Reds and the Rebuildin’ Brewers illustrates a philosophical dichotomy between the two clubs and how they are each approaching the refurbishment of their rosters. While each organization has been busy trading some of its more recognizable […]