Hot Off The Press!
NL Central - Winter Rankings
For a description for how these rankings/numbers were created, please see the NL West post below.
Skinny: Quite a logjam at the top of this division. Three teams, the Reds, Brewers and Cubs all within the margin of error (.005) of the top spot with the Astros right there behind. Then a significant dropoff to the Cardinals and a huge dropoff to the Pirates. The Reds were bouyed by their good showing against the Brewers, they were the only team to outplay the Brewers head to head. For the Reds Harang was an impressive 4-1 against other #1 starters only suffering a close defeat to Gallardo. Bailey was 5-0 at the #4 spot and Volquez was 5-0 at the #5 spot. The Reds get alot of their strength from the tail end of their rotation. Hill and Sheets were the best #2 pitchers, each going 4-1 in H2H matchups. Ted Lilly dominated the #3 spot with a perfect 5-0.