The power rankings in the Central has been basically a one-team race this season, but the St. Louis Cardinals are getting some competition. With a pesky Pirates pitching staff and a young, hungry Cubs team things should be interesting in the division the rest of the way. Here is a look at the power rankings in the Central after six weeks:
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5. Milwaukee Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers have shown flashes of getting out of the cellar of the division, like their dominating victory on Friday night against the New York Mets and then proved just why they have been at the bottom all year like their loss 14-1 loss to the Mets Friday night. After returning Carlos Gomez to the lineup, they saw shortstop Jean Segura placed on the disabled list.This past week they finished 2-4 losing series to both the Mets and White Sox. Though they have been playing with more energy as of late, this team continues to be looking to be on the way to a rebuild.
Next week continue their grueling road-trip with three games against the Tigers before finishing the week with a three game series in Atlanta.
4. Cincinnati Reds
The Reds started out the week strong with a series win against the Braves, but the pitching staff was hammered to close out the weekend against the Giants. Though Joey Votto has continued to hit, they will need more if they are expected to compete throughout the year.
The Reds will begin next week with a tough two game match-up against the Kansas City Royals before heading to Cleveland for a three game weekend battle.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates
Though they didn’t win a series this week, the Pirates are starting to show why they are viewed as contenders. After a tough loss on Friday, the team got great starting pitching on Saturday and Sunday. If their offense can get going, this team has potential to be scary good.
They head home next week for a five game home-stand starting with a two game series against the Twins on Tuesday and finishing the week with a three game series against the red-hot Mets.
2. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs are on fire as they have climbed their way back up to the top of the division. After a tough week last week, the team rebounded nicely to win six-straight, including a sweep of the Mets. Lester is pitching like expected and this offense has scored the most runs in the Central. Though they are young, don’t expect them to fall from contention any time soon.
A west coast swing awaits the Cubs as they battle the new look San Diego Padres before taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks.
1. St. Louis Cardinals
For the sixth straight week the St. Louis Cardinals have held onto the top spot in the division. With the best pitching staff in baseball and a scrappy offense they remain on of the top teams in baseball. This past week they won a series in Cleveland before losing the first two against the Tigers.
They will finish up their series with the Tigers tonight before starting a difficult seven game road-trip against the Mets and Royals. With the Cubs breathing down their necks the pressure will be on for them to hold on to the top spot.