Like last season, the 2014 NL Central has a clear top team and clear bottom one, while the biggest storyline will be the fight for second place. But one thing is for sure; the teams and fans in this division are full of grit.
Here is how I think the 2014 NL Central will look at the end of the season:2014 NL Central Prediction
|*St. Louis Cardinals||92||70|
*Division winner – **Wild Card
St. Louis Cardinals – This team has been a force to be reckoned with for over a decade, and that is not about to change in 2014. The Cardinals have a legitimate ace in Adam Wainwright, a farm system that runs deep, and a roster chock full of guys with playoff experience. I expect St. Louis to make the NLCS for the fourth season in a row at the very least.
Pittsburgh Pirates – Ahh…they were the feel good story in baseball last season even if they might have over preformed a tad. But there is still a lot to like in Pittsburgh, including a fan base that now has expectations. And I think it will be another Wild Card for the Pirates in 2014.
Cincinnati Reds – My bet is the Reds will set the record for most 1-0 games in a major league season. They greatly need both Joey Votto and Johnny Cueto to not just stay healthy, but also to be at the top of their games. If all goes well the Reds could take the Wild Card from the Pirates but this team is far from the little red machine.
Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun is not as good as he used to be, shocker and the Brewers will miss his “old” production. This team has some speed and can play small ball but that isn’t close to enough to stay a factor in 2014.
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