Looking Back

It’s hard to look at our standings at the All-Star Break and really be too surprised by anything.

Coming into the 2015 season, we figured it would be a fight at the top of the division between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Check.

The Chicago Cubs figured to be an entertaining team to watch, but going through growing pains and not quite ready to contend for the division title.

Check.

The Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers both looked awful on paper and figured to be battling for the bottom of the division.

Check.

So, really, nothing surprising. But it’s been entertaining as hell, none the less.

We’ve had a manager losing his job because of the awful roster he was given in Milwaukee, we’ve gotten to watch Todd Frazier and Johnny Cueto in Cincinnati and wonder how long it will be until the latter is dealt, we’ve seen the kids in Chi-town, and we’ve seen the Cards run away with it early only to see the Bucs and Andrew McCutchen rebound from a rough first month and eventually catch up.

It hasn’t been boring.

Let’s see where these final two and a half months take us.

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Division Standings

W L GB Strk
St. Louis Cardinals 56 33 L3
Pittsburgh Pirates 53 35 2.5 W3
Chicago Cubs 47 40 8.0 W1
Cincinnati Reds 39 47 15.5 L2
Milwaukee Brewers 38 52 18.5 L1

Wild Card Standings

W L GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 53 35 +5.5
Chicago Cubs 47 40
New York Mets 47 42 1.0
San Francisco Giants 46 43 2.0

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Schedule

42-46 Indians Bauer (8-5, 3.76)
39-47 REDS Leake (6-5, 4.08)
6:10 PM CT
47-40 CUBS Hendricks (4-4, 3.55)
42-47 Braves Teheran (6-4, 4.56)
6:35 PM CT
53-35 PIRATES Morton (6-2, 4.15)
38-52 Brewers Fiers (4-7, 3.96)
7:10 PM CT
47-42 Mets Syndergaard (4-4, 3.11)
56-33 CARDINALS Lynn (6-5, 2.90)
7:15 PM CT

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NL Central Leaders

WAR (fielders)
Anthony Rizzo (CHC) 4.0
Todd Frazier (CIN) 3.7
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 3.2
Kris Bryant (CHC) 2.9
2 tied 2.8
WAR (pitchers)
A.J. Burnett (PIT) 3.5
Carlos Martinez (STL) 3.0
Gerrit Cole (PIT) 2.8
Jake Arrieta (CHC) 2.7
Johnny Cueto (CIN) 2.6
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