Trouble in the NL Central

There are some major, I guess you can say, problems in the National League Central, specifically the Brewers. The first is Prince Fielder’s contract with the Detroit tigers. With him gone from the Brew Crew, they moved Aramis Ramirez from 3rd to 1st, in the absense of Fielder. However, now with the MVP Ryan Braun possibly not being able to return for the first 50 games because of a substance abuse policy violation, the Brewers are in deep trouble and may have to play catch up the rest of the season. With those first 50 games being the most crucial in the MLB, its pretty safe to say the Brew Crew are going to struggle this year. They do have a shot at being kept in those games with a pitching rotation of Zack Greinke, Yovani Gallardo and Shaun Marcum. Lets start with Greinke. In the 2011 season, he had a great record of 16-6 with a 3.83 era, WHIP of 1.20 and 201 strikeouts. Yovani Gallardo went 17-10 with a 3.52 era, a WHIP of 1.22 and 207 strikeouts. Shaun Marcum went 13-7 with a 3.54 era, a WHIP of 1.16 and 158 strikeouts. For any other team that would be a great rotation but now, with those key changes to the Brew Crew’s lineup and roster, they are going to have to step up and take charge of the team and as they say “put da team on [their] back,” just like Marshawn Lynch in the famous playoff game against the saints. If those 3, now more key players than ever, can step up during those first 50 games, the Brewers will give their city something to look forward too and a possibly another playoff birth.



  1. sjchevalier07 says:

    Not only that, but the Cardinals no longer have Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa. I still think they have a talented bunch and will respond to Mike Matheny. I still think it’s between those two teams in regards to whoever wins the division, unless the Reds rebound and have a year like they did in 2010 and the Cubs come back to life somehow.

  2. Honestly i dont think the Brewers will have a chance because Braun. With him out that leaves Aramis Ramirez to have the big bat. Unless some other, non-big name players step up and become a big bat, they are toast. The cubs won’t have a chance for a while, I’m sorry to say that but unless they make a huge trade or aquisition, they are going to stay somewhat where they are, maybe a little bit better than last year. The Reds are going to be one of those teams to stay quiet til late in the season and then make a run for the postseason late. You are right they may have the talent to make that late run.

  3. orangeboy047 says:

    You have to like the Reds this year in the NL Central. The Reds actually scored more runs than the Brewers last season- and unlike the Brewers and Cardinals, didn’t lose their MVP caliber first baseman (Joey Votto).

    The difference for the Reds this season will be their pitching. The addition of Matt Latos to sure up their rotation, and Ryan Madson gives them one of the games better closers. With their lineup the Red’s pitching only needs to be average, and Latos and Madson easily accomplish that.

  4. I see where you are coming from but it can’s be Latos and Madson stepping up in the pitching.Bronson Arroyo, despite that he has had good seasons, needs to step up way more than last year. With a record like last year, he won’t be a Red for long. Now they do have great batting in Votto, Cairo and Bruce and their offense doesn’t seem to be an issue, the defense is good but we are talking about pitching. The Reds need to have pitching this year in order to do well and take off this season as a league cahmpion

  5. I’m sorry not Miguel Cairo, Scott Rolan…my bad

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