Even the Chicago Cubs odds to win National League Central are the shortest they have been . The St. Louis Cardinals are two games ago while the Milwaukee Brewers trail by 2.5. Is there worth with both of the two trailers or will be the Cubs the best bet to win this division?
*Odds of 12/08/2019.
Even though the Cubs cant seem to pull in the Central, they have seemed to be the most consistent team this season. Theyve picked their game up over the last month since they have been 19-12 in their last 31 games.
Even the Cubs are seventh in OPS and rank fifth in team ERA, so theyre a balanced team. As they have blown 21 saves — the third-most in the majors A big issue for these has become the innings and saves. Keep in mind they signed Craig Kimbrel and he has been pretty reliable for them, even though he is hurt.
It feels just like the Cardinals simply can not quite get there this year. Theyve largely been about a .500 group this season, marginally hovering over that mark. They came out with wins in 12 of the first 14 games of the gates at the second half of the year. They took two of three from the Chicago Cubs.
But the Cards quickly gave up it, losing five in a row. It feels like this group is a couple of bricks short of a load. They did not assist the roster and this is who they are. Their crime ranks 25th in runs scored and 24th in OPS. Its simply not great enough — in a weak division.
Of the 3 contenders in this race, the Cards are the worst record against winning teams since theyre just 30-35 (13th at the Majors) whereas the Brewers are 36-29 (fourth) while the Cubs are 33-31 (seventh). That is not a good indication for St. Louis.
It is hard for me to get on board with the Brewers as they represented the Cardinals this year: been near .500 but hovered about a marker slightly over it. They had been 47-44 at the break and then began the second half 9-6, but would be 6-7 since.
Pitching is a struggle for this team as theyve ignored six saves since the All-Star Game. Over the year, their pitching staff has a WHIP of all 1.38, that is 17th.
On crime, the Brewers probably have the best player in this branch in Christian Yelich. He is batting .335 and contains 39 home runs but with these numbers that are extraordinary, the Brewers are only 17th batting average 24th in home runs since the All-Star break. I really dont believe that they have the equilibrium to deliver this home.
Cardinals and the Brewers needed to assist themselves and they did not. The Cubs made moves before Nick Castellanos at its purchase along with the deadline together with the signing of Kimbrel. They also picked up Derek Holland and Tony Kemp.
Remember that the Cubs have dealt with a ton of injuries too but if get healthy. With Pedro Strop back and Kimbrel returning soon, this is the team to beat at this division. Theyre the best option.
Let us have fun and keep it civil.