The 2025 season is here. I will be using this to track the action in the NL Central throughout the season and offseason. 2024 Final Standings 2023 Final Standings Analysis The 2023 season was the end of the Brewers' domination atop the division. They have since begun their rebuild as evidenced by their horrible 2024 season. Unfortunately for them, it has not been the best tank job. The Reds did a far better job at tanking. Losing will probably be the only thing the Reds do better in this division. The 2023 season also saw the dominance of the division renewed as 5 teams finished with an above .500 record. The biggest change for the division had to be the first Division crown for the Cardinals since 2016 when they won it with 91 wins. Since that time they had 5 straight losing seasons. Unfortunately for the rest of the division, only 2 teams finished the 2024 season with winning records with both the Pirates and Cardinals making the playoffs. The Cubs seemed to be the unluckiest of all, losing 9 more games than expected. Offensively the Cubs were the best team in the division scoring 746 runs. The worst offensive team in the division was the Pirates scoring a lowly 706 runs. The best pitching staff in the division went to the Cardinals, only allowing 602 runs. The worst was the Brewers allowing 837 runs, which was over 200 more than the Cardinals. Have these issues been addressed for the above teams this offseason? 2024's All-Stars and final 2024 relevant stats RF Edgar Machado (Cubs): .320/.371/.540- 28 HR, 96 runs CF John Alexander (Reds): .320/.418/.575- .993 OPS (injured and only played in 59 games) MR Drew Storen (Reds): 73 IP, 3.70 ERA, 1.04 WHIP 1B Monty Fuller (MIL): .320/.379/.442- .821 OPS SP Oliviero Sidotti (STL): 14-6, 2.44 ERA, 214 IP, 151 K, 1.13 ERA SP Seriozha Janovich (PIT): 9-6, 2.67 ERA, 162 IP, 169 K, 1.12 WHIP CL Amilcar Arauz (PIT): 41 saves, 3.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP CF Santiago Martinez (PIT): .300/.373/.512- 32 HR, 105 Runs, 21 SB 2024 Award Winners: SP Oliviero Sidotti, CF Santiago Martinez, 1B Monty Fuller, C Luis Guerrero- Gold Glove Winners 2024 Best Players by Position: Analysis: 2024 saw talent throughout the division. Pitching as mentioned was very strong for both St. Louis and Pittsburgh, and their players consistently littered the leaderboards at the end of the season. On offense the focus for the entire division seems to be defensively at the positions of Catcher, 2B and SS. As outside of one player (C George Hull) none made any leaderboard appearances. Since the demise of Kevan Smith in Milwaukee, the league hasnt seen much in the way of offense at the catcher spot. The outfield is deep and talented across the division with a lot of youth moving up through the ranks. And at the 1st base spot, look no further than "Mad Man" and Tim Rivers, the 2023 league MVP.