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State of the NL Central Standings: Race To The Bottom

Only the Brew Crew have accomplished anything.

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The NL Central standings don’t paint a rosy picture for most of the teams occupying them.

For one team, 2017 looks like a pleasant surprise. With regards to three teams in the middle, it’s a disappointment. Finally, in the case of the Cincinnati Reds, it’s the status quo.

We grade all five teams in this division based on their performance in the first half of the season.

NL Central Standings: Current

1st T-2nd T-2nd 4th 5th
MIL-Milwaukee Brewers CHC-Chicago Cubs STL-St Louis Cardinals PIT-Pittsburgh Pirates CIN-Cincinnati Reds
50-41 43-45 43-45 42-47 39-49
5.5 GB 5.5 GB 7.0 GB 9.5 GB
#3 seed

NL Central Standings: Milwaukee Brewers, 1st

Raise your hand if you saw the Brewers in first place in the NL Central at the All-Star Break. Now raise your hand if you just lied about that last thing. At least you can admit your transgressions.

Milwaukee is, in fact, the division leader at the All-Star Break. In a division where the Cubs and, to a lesser extent, the Cardinals had expectations, it’s the Brew Crew punching through. They’re hitting and pitching are above average, even if not by much. This has landed Milwaukee above .500, though less than 10 games over.

Ryan Braun is the most recognizable name on the team, but he’s not even the biggest contributor. Jimmy Nelson is pitching well, and Eric Thames, despite the low batting average, is mashing homers. Some of the names on the lineup card may make you say “who?” but it’s a collaborative effort.

For far exceeding predictions to date, you know what grade the Brewers get.

Brewers Grade: A

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