10:40 AM CST: Josh Donaldson is on MLB Network saying, “They don’t pay you for ground balls. They pay you for doubles, for home runs, unless you’re going to steal 80 bases like you’re Billy Hamilton or something.” 6:10 PM CST: The Cincinnati Reds (48-69) will play the Miami Marlins (62-56) in the second game […]

The Cubs gained four games in the NL Central, and their chances of winning the division are now up to 99.6% according to Fangraphs. The Cubs are currently riding a seven game winning streak. The Cubs swept the A’s over the weekend, and their pitching was magnificent, allowing just 3 totals runs in the 3-game […]

The Cubs still hold a 7.5 game lead over the Cardinals, the exact same amount as last week. The Cubs made a big move acquiring Aroldis Chapman last Monday. The Cardinals also acquired a really good reliever in Zach Duke, but with far less of the fanfare. However, the big story of the NL Central […]

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. […]

The first half is over. Mercifully. It’s time to turn the page to the second half, and see if the Reds can kick this rebuilding process into second gear. The two bottom dwellers in the NL Central, the Cincinnati Reds (32-57) and the Milwaukee Brewers (38-49) will kick off a three game series at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Seems like just yesterday Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun were bashing their way to 30-homer seasons, doesn’t it? (It’s crazy to think Fielder last played for Milwaukee in the 2011 season.) In any case, in 2015 the Brewers were an undistinguished offensive team; of the 15 National League squads, the Brewers ranked eighth in base […]

Rotation The Brewers don’t have an ace. They don’t have anything that resembles an ace. As hard as you squint, you can’t make Matt Garza look like anything but a good, middle-of-the-rotation starter. But the Brewers have an entire rotation of solid, middle-of-the-rotation starters, and teams can find value in that. Zips projects every member […]

The Milwaukee Brewers led the National League Central for quite a while before finally collapsing out of the postseason race late in 2014. They went into the offseason with talent on the roster but a number of question marks (sounds familiar). While they didn’t make many major moves, they did some things of interest. Key […]

[This Special Edition series preview was co-authored by Nick Kirby and Steve Mancuso.] “We know the fans are booing us for a reason.” — Mark Reynolds, 9/8. The 2014 Milwaukee Brewers season has been one of epic rise and tragic fall – equal parts stunning. They grabbed first place by the throat on April 5 and […]

NL Central Power Rankings Week 16 *please note: all stats outside of team records only include games played through 7/19/14. 1. St. Louis Cardinals (last week: 1): 55-44, t-1st Place, 373 RS, 344 RA (+16) The Cardinals won of 2 of 3 over the weekend against the Dodgers, and have continued their good play of late. […]