National League Central Future Odds Preview

National League Central Future Odds Preview

Tyler Vaysman
2 years ago
2 min read
Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate a win over the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series during the 2021 MLB Postseason

Milwaukee Brewers +100

With a rotation consisting of Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Freddy Peralta, you're looking at staff as a whole that is posting a top-six WAR. 

With Josh Hader coming out of the bullpen, The team has been more than solid in the pitching department. But don't have much offensively, especially without Yelich, who the Brewers are still counting on to get going. His back injury has hindered his power.

The Brewers are still counting on Christian Yelich to get going, their biggest bat in the lineup, whose back injury has hindered his power but has maintained a .409 on-base percentage. 

On top of that, guys like Lorenzo Cain and Kolten Wong Have caught the injury bug throughout the last two campaigns; however, despite the lack of depth in the lineup, the pitching makes up for it.

 FanGraphs projects the Brewers to win the division by two games, finishing with a run differential of 8. So they must also be taking into account that this staff is elite and just have to match last season's production. 

St. Louis Cardinals +195

The Cardinals with pitching needs could potentially pursue any free agents they want. Guys like Carlos Rodón, who is on a one-year contract. Even Yusei Kikuchi. In terms of trades, it could work as the better route for them, and targeting Oakland's Chris Bassitt and Frankie Montas makes a lot of sense. 

We will see how far they go. Bats like Nolan Arenado, Paul DeJong, and Paul Goldschmidt are all elite in their positions. Just one of the free-agent starters would give this team a good look.

Cincinnati Reds +450 

This team really came on at the end of last season, and I think in large to the fact this outfield is elite. No question, Jesse Winker had a break-out season, and now free agent Nick Castellanos was also top tier.

The pitching staff has been a burden to their postseason hopes, with the highest bullpen ERA in baseball and the loss of backend arm Raisel Iglesias.

 It didn't help that they also let Trevor Bauer walk in free agency in the last off-season. It might be time to replace some of these guys soon.

Chicago Cubs +1200

Just to be frank, this is a team that just traded their whole team away last trade deadline. That should be an immediate red flag. However, they did make a nice off-season signing, locking down Marcus Stroman for at least the next three seasons. 

Still, they don't have much for replacements for Anthony Rizzo and Javy, so chances are Cubs fans could be in for a rebuild.

Pittsburgh Pirates +3300

Let's all be honest. This offseason has been boring for the Pittsburgh Pirates and most of MLB. Aside from the week leading up to the beginning of the work stoppage, where we saw some substantial buzzer-beater deals, nothing else has happened because of the lockout.

This team is still a ways away from competing anytime soon, and I think their line reflects that.

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