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National League Central 2017 Season Preview

National League Central
Most experts expect the Cubs to repeat as NL and World Series champions. 2016 went nearly perfect for the Cubs; we see a bumpier 2017 season leaving the Cubs shy of their goal.

Chicago Cubs
Biggest Additions: P / Closer Wade Davis
Biggest Losses: CF Dexter Fowler
Achilles Heel: Complacency. After winning it all last year a hangover could be in order.
Kandy says: NL Championship Series rematch against the Mets from two years ago, same result.

St. Louis Cardinals
Biggest Additions: CF Dexter Fowler
Biggest Losses: 1B Brandon Moss
Achilles Heel: Depth
Kandy says: Runner-up to Cubs and watching the playoffs from home.

Milwaukee Brewers
Biggest Additions: P Neftali Feliz
Biggest Losses: 1B Chris Carter
Achilles Heel: Rebuild.
Kandy says: The Brewers are in midst of a rebuild but after the Cubs and Cardinals the NL Central is weak so a finish anywhere from third to fifth is possible.

Cincinnati Reds
Biggest Additions: P Drew Storen
Biggest Losses: 2B Brandon Phillips
Achilles Heel: Rebuild.
Kandy says: As is the case with the Brewers, the Reds are in midst of a rebuild. After the Cubs and Cardinals, the NL Central is extremely weak so a finish anywhere from third to fifth is possible.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Biggest Additions: None
Biggest Losses: P Neftali Feliz
Achilles Heel: Pitching
Kandy says: The Pirates have a good outfield nucleus but the rest of the team could be candidates for Survivor. Probably will wind up third in the NL Central but we’ll say the S.S. Minnow sinks and the Pirates fall to the depths of Davy Jones locker.

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