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 Chicago Cubs have pushed their lead in the NL Central back up to 8.0 games after a series win over the Texas Rangers to begin the second half. The Cardinals and Pirates chances of winning the NL Central are growing slimmer, but both teams are right in the middle of the wild card race. […]

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 […]

The Reds hit three solo home runs in route to a 3-2 win on Monday night against the Pirates. Dan Straily gave the Reds his third consecutive quality start. Most importantly, the Reds bullpen pitched three scoreless innings in the win. The Pirates got a runner to third base with 1 out in the 9th […]

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 […]

NL Central Power Rankings Week 12 *please note: all stats outside of team records only include games played through 6/21/14. 1. Milwaukee Brewers (last week 2): 47-30, 1st Place, 351 RS, 314 RA (+37) Every time it looks like the Brewers are coming back down to Earth, they go another one of their patented winning streaks. […]

NL Central Power Rankings Week 11 *please note: all stats outside of team records only include games played through 6/14/14. 1. St. Louis Cardinals (last week: 2): 37-32, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB, 257 RS, 236 RA (+21) The Cardinals have won 6 of 7, and are starting to look like the team that most expected to win […]