The National League Central is a dream to watch if teams stay relatively healthy. You have the Cardinals who have retooled and a Yadier (don’t call me MF) Molina who still has something to prove with more then just his mouth. They have missed the playoffs too much in the last few years and are ready to go back. The Brewers are ready to defend their National League Central Championship and show that last year was not a fluke. The Cubs felt like the underachieving little brother to the Brewers.
The Cardinals have signed Andrew Miller traded for Paul Goldschmidt, and brought Adam Wainwright back on a one year deal. Which is not a lot of new faces but definitely filled some holes to help them be more competitive in the Central. After the Cardinals fired Mike Matheny they played much better baseball and almost got to the wildcard game. In contrary the Cubs limped to the wildcard game and got beat the the Rockies. Their off season was adding Daniel Descalso and that is all. The Brewers had the busier off season by tradings for Ben Gamel, Bobby Wahl, and Alex Claudio. The Brewers also signed Cory Spangenberg, Christian Bethancourt, Yasmani Grandal, and Mike Moustakas just to name a few.
Story lines going into the year:
Yadier Molina is mad at Kris Bryant and the Cubs for saying St Louis is boring in a light hearten skit
Yadier Molina is hoping to rebound from last season that saw him in the DL for over a month
Is this Adam Wainwrights swan song?
The Cubs do nothing in the off season because they have no money but still look to make an impact
Will Joe Maddan manage all year without a new contract?
The Brewers are trying to get more of their fans to the ballpark when they play the Cubs instead of Cub fans.
Can the Brewers repeat?
The Reds have almost a new roster and will play just good enough to mess up the NL Central for one team.
What can be expected is a great season of baseball to watch. I feel the team that starts off the season the hottest can pull the division out. The key will be to get a good lead in the division and then maintain it. Each team is interesting for their own reasons I think the Cubs and Cardinals have the most question marks going into this year. Either way, it will definitely be a show.