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 […]

If you said that the Chicago Cubs ran away with the NL Central in 2016, that would be a major understatement. The Cubs were so dominant in the NL Central in 2016 that they clinched the division on September 16th. That was the quickest the Cubs ever clinched a division. The Cubs 103 wins are […]

I am back covering the NL Central after a week off. I hope you can excuse me for missing last week, but I feel like getting married is a pretty decent excuse. Thanks to Steve for his very kind congratulatory post, and for all those who sent their best wishes. Our old friend Richard Fitch […]

[Central Intelligence will be a day early this week, since the Cardinals and Pirates begin the 2016 season on Sunday. – Editor] 2016 will be another intruging year in the NL Central. The young rising starts in Chicago are the new favorites, but the Cardinals and Pirates are right there as well. The Cardinals have won […]

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 […]

There are only eight weeks left in the baseball season. The Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs all would be in the postseason if it started today. The NL Central has been very impressive in 2015, as the Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs having the three best records in the National League. Entering play of Sunday, the Cardinals […]

The Pittsburgh Pirates took three of four games in PNC Park over the weekend against the Cardinals, and cut the Cardinals lead in the NL Central down to 2.5 games at the all-star break. The Pirates won back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday in extra innings, when they entered the bottom half of the inning […]

The Cardinals have won six straight games, and have increased their lead in the NL Central to nine games. When the Cardinals reached 50 wins on Saturday, they were the first team to reach that mark in 74 games or less since the 2005 Chicago White Sox. The White Sox went on to win the […]

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to be hot, as they have won 13 of their last 16 games. They are however going to have a tough time chasing down the team with the best record in baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals 38 wins are 4 more than any other team in the MLB. While […]

NL Central Power Rankings Week 18 *please note: all stats outside of team records only include games played through 8/2/14. 1. St. Louis Cardinals (last week: 2) 59-51, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB, 409 RS, 407 RA (+2) The Cardinals may have just gone 3-3 over the last week, but they now sit just one game behind Milwaukee. […]

NL Central Power Rankings Week 15 *please note: all stats outside of team records only include games played through 7/12/14 1. St. Louis Cardinals (last week: 2): 52-44, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB, 360 RS, 346 RA (+14) The Cardinals battled injuries and the incredible start of the Brewers to find themselves just 1.0 games out of first […]

Final R H E   Cincinnati Reds  (50-44) 5 11 1   Pittsburgh Pirates  (49-45) 6 13 0  W: Wilson (3-1) L: Hoover (1-7) S: Gomez (1)  Box Score |   Play-by-Play    |   Game Thread    |    Photos   |  Win Probability Photo courtesy of Sarah (@ValentineSmiles) The Reds had another huge comeback. They came back from a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead, thanks […]