As the season has gone on, the National League Central has remained the best in all of baseball. With August halfway through, here is an updated look at the NL Central power rankings.
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5. Cincinnati Reds
The struggle for the Reds continued this week. They began the week by losing a series to the San Diego Padres and then won one of four against the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. The biggest gain in the past few weeks is that the young pitchers are getting plenty of experience.
This upcoming week the Reds begin their home-stand by taking on the Kansas City Royals for two before a four game match-up with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
4. Milwaukee Brewers
While the team is going nowhere this season, the Brewers young starters continue to impress. After a rocky start against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, Taylor Jungmann rebounded to have a great outing Sunday afternoon. Jimmy Nelson also rolled again on Saturday to another impressive start. They were swept by the Cubs, but a series sweep against the Phillies helped to keep them fourth in our rankings.
This next week the Brewers battle the Miami Marlins for three at Miller Park before traveling to Washington for three to close the week.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates are widely viewed as one of the best team’s in baseball and a legitimate World Series contender, but with the way the Cubs have played as of late, they remain third in our power rankings for the second straight week. After dropping the first two games of the week to the Cardinals, they were able to end the week with four straight wins.
This upcoming week they head home for a seven game home-stand starting with three against the Diamondbacks before taking on the Giants to close out the week.
2. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs are on a roll. Going 15-2 in their last 17 games Wrigley Field has been rocking as they have controlled the second spot in our rankings for the second straight week. Addison Russell has taken over at shortstop and the bats are on fire. This team has the makings to be better than any Cubs team in the past 15 years.
After an off-day on Monday, the Cubs will battle the Detroit Tigers for two before battling the Atlanta Braves in a four game series.
1. St. Louis Cardinals
While the Cardinals bats have not been as dominant as in years past, their pitching is unbelievable. Currently four of their starting pitchers are in the top-15 in ERA even with their ace Adam Wainwright out. No matter who they lose to injury, this team continues to remain the best in baseball. This past week they won series against both the Pirates and Marlins.
This upcoming week the Cardinals have a big series against the San Francisco Giants before traveling west to San Diego to finish the week.