Jack Flaherty Has Become the Most Dominant Pitcher in the National League

Ever since they were swept in Oakland and LA near the beginning of August, the Cardinals have been on fire! How have they fueled this latest surge? With around average to below-average stats in all the offensive categories over the last month (21st in batting average, 24th in slugging), the answer is pitching and defense. … Continue reading Jack Flaherty Has Become the Most Dominant Pitcher in the National League

3 Big Weaknesses On Each NL Central Contender

As we near the end of the season, the Cubs lead the NL Central, but the Cardinals and Brewers are within striking distance. As the race heats up, teams look to expose each other's weaknesses. Chicago Cubs 3 Big Weakness The 9th Inning The Cubs middle relief has been great. Kyle Ryan, Rowan Wick and … Continue reading 3 Big Weaknesses On Each NL Central Contender

NL Central Preview: Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs Manager: Joe Maddon (5th Season) 2018 Season: 95-68 (2nd in Central)    2019 Payroll: $210,800,714 (2nd in MLB) Additions: RP Brad Brach, 2B Daniel Descalso, RP Kendall Graveman, RP Xavier Cedeno, RP George Kontos, RP Tony Barnette Losses: 2B Daniel Murphy (Rockies), RP Justin Wilson (Mets), 3B Tommy LaStella (Angels), RP Jesse Chavez … Continue reading NL Central Preview: Chicago Cubs

NL Central Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers Manager: Craig Counsell (5th Season) 2018 Record: 96-67 (1st in NL Central)    2019 Payroll: $123,887,500 (14th in MLB) Additions: C Yasmani Grandal, 3B Mike Moustakas (re-signed), OF Ben Gamel, 2B Cory Spangenberg, RP Jake Petricka, RP Alex Claudio, RP Bobby Wahl Losses:  2B Jonathan Schoop (Twins), SP Wade Miley (Astros), RP Joakim … Continue reading NL Central Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

NL Central Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals Manager: Mike Schildt (1st Full-Season) 2018 Record: 88-74 (3rd in NL Central)    2019 Payroll: $153,876,666 (9th in MLB) Additions: 1B Paul Goldschmidt, RP Andrew Miller Losses: Luke Weaver (Diamondbacks), C Carson Kelly (Diamondbacks), 1B Matt Adams (Nationals), RP Tyler Lyons (Pirates) The Cardinals fans are restless. Three straight years with no … Continue reading NL Central Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

NL Central Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates Manager: Clint Hurdle (9th Season) 2018 Record: 82-79 (4th in NL Central)    2019 Payroll: $59,775,002 (29th in MLB) Additions: SP Jordan Lyles, RP Michael Feliz, OF Lonnie Chisenhall, OF Melky Cabrera Losses: SP Ivan Nova, IF Josh Harrison, SS Jordy Mercer The Pirates are a solid overall team that is going to … Continue reading NL Central Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

NL Central Preview: Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds Manager: David Bell (1st Season) 2018 Record: 67-95 (5th in Central)    2019 Payroll: $116,773,214 (16th in MLB) Key Additions: OF Yasiel Puig, SP Alex Wood, OF Matt Kemp, SP Tanner Roark, SP Sonny Gray Key Losses: OF Billy Hamilton (Royals), SP Matt Harvey (Angels) The Reds have been very active in this … Continue reading NL Central Preview: Cincinnati Reds