For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2016 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League Central.
The Cubs won 97 games and signed the biggest free agent of the offseason. The Cards and Pirates, however, won 100 and 98 games last year and, while they didn’t make as big an offseason splash, they didn’t get any worse. The Reds and Brewers will have a front row seat watching those three titans battle it out all year in one of baseball’s most entertaining divisions. Then they’ll have nice seats on their couches once the playoffs start because, hoo-boy, they ain’t makin’ the playoffs.
Here are our team-by-team N.L. Central previews: