You Have to Win Your Division (Second Base)

After looking at the first basemen of the NL Central, who have collectively fallen off since the glory days of Pujols/Votto/Berkman/Lee, we’re now going to look at a position that, honestly, we can never remember being the division’s strong point. Historically this has been such a weak position within the division that Cubs fans, unaccustomed to seeing good non-Biggios playing the keystone, thought Mike Fontenot was worthy of the nickname “Little Babe Rute”*. Since 2000, … Continue reading

You Have to Win Your Divison (First Base)

The quality of first basemen in the NL Central has fallen quite a bit since the days when Pujols and Fielder would terrorize the Midwest all summer long. The first base situation is unclear in two cities and questionable in two more, leaving Joey Votto as the lone superstar at the position. A couple of good seasons in Chicago and St. Louis could change the story, but for now the NL Central is home to … Continue reading

You Have to Win Your Division (Catcher)

Throughout American professional sports, the road to a championship runs through your division. The importance of winning your division is, perhaps, even more important in Major League Baseball, where skipping over the one-game playoff is enormously valuable. To consistently win the division, a team must boast strong players at a number of positions, while occasionally developing a really useful player or two. It also doesn’t hurt to play in a weak division, which brings us … Continue reading

2013 All-NL Central Team

Photo Credit - Keith Allsion

Coming into the 2013 season, we thought we’d take a quick look at the best NL Central players at each position as a proxy for the strongest teams in the division. The position players of the NL Central are quite strong, but the pitching leaves a bit to be desired. How do our Cubbies stack up? Well, it looks like it’s going to be a rough year for the Cubs (but you already knew that) … Continue reading