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NL Central Power Rankings Week 17

*please note: all stats outside of team records only include games played through 7/26/14.

1. Milwaukee Brewers (last week: 1):

59-47, 1st Place, 464 RS, 435 RA (+29)

The Brewers had another good week. They swept the Reds, and split a four game series against the Mets. The Brewers 5-2 week allowed them to expand their lead in the NL Central to two games.

Brewers MLB batting ranks: 464 Runs (6th), .314 OBP (17th), .415 SLG (5th), 99 wRC+ (11th)

Brewers MLB pitching ranks: 3.72 ERA (13th), 66 QS (2nd), 1.23 WHIP (9th), 3.95 FIP (21st)

Starting Pitchers this week

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Who’s Hot (last 7 days)

  • Mark Reynolds: .368/.400/.895, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 259 wRC+, 0.5 WAR
  • Jonathan Lucroy: .304/.360/.739, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 202 wRC+, 0.4 WAR
  • Ryan Braun: .333/.379/.593, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB, 171 wRC+, 0.3 WAR
  • Rickie Weeks: .333/.417/.479, 1 RBI, 2 SB, 0.2 WAR
  • Carlos Gomez: .321/.367/.536, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 149 wRC+, 0.4 WAR

Who’s Cold (last 7 days)

  • Aramis Ramirez: .077/.143/.192, 2 for 26, 4 K, -12 wRC+, -0.3 WAR

Upcoming Schedule

  • Mon (7:10), Tues (7:10), Wed (12:10) at Tampa Bay
  • Fri (8:15), Sat (7:15), Sun (2:15)

2. St. Louis Cardinals (last week: 2):

56-48, 2.0 GB, 2nd Place, 385 RS, 374 RA (+11)

The Cardinals went just 2-3 this past week, but remain close in the NL Central race. The Cardinals added catcher A.J. Pierzynski (.262/.292/.360, 74 wRC+) to help with the loss of Yadier Molina.

Cardinals MLB batting ranks: 384 R (29th), .317 OBP (14th), .373 SLG (25th), 94 wRC+ (15th)

Cardinals MLB pitching ranks: 3.43 ERA (8th), 54 QS (16th), 1.23 WHIP (10th), 3.47 FIP (4th)

Starting Pitchers this week

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Who’s Hot (last 7 days)

  • Matt Carpenter: .300/.391/.650, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 192 wRC+, 0.4 WAR

Who’s Cold (last 7 days)

  • Tony Cruz: .154/.154/.154, 2 for 13, 4 K, -22 wRC+, -0.2 WAR
  • Allen Craig: .100/.250/.200, 1 for 10, 5 K, 37 wRC+, -0.1 WAR
  • Kolten Wong: .214/.267/.214, 3 for 14, 7 K, 38 wRC+, -0.1 WAR

Upcoming Schedule

  • Tues (10:10), Wed (10:10), Thurs (3:40) at San Diego
  • Fri (8:15), Sat (7:15), Sun (2:15) at Milwaukee

3. Pittsburgh Pirates (last week: 3):

55-49, 3.0 GB, 3rd Place, 432 RS, 434 RA (-2)

The Pirates went 3-3 this week, taking two of three from the Dodgers, before losing two of three to the Rockies over the weekend. Despite having a run differential of -2, the Pirates are still just 3.0 games back in the NL Central.

Pirates MLB batting ranks: 425 Runs (11th), .332 OBP (1st), .388 SLG (12th), 104 wRC+ (6th)

Pirates MLB pitching ranks: 3.77 ERA (15th), 52 QS (20th), 1.29 WHIP (15th), 4.02 FIP (24th)

Starting Pitchers this week

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Who’s Hot (last 7 days)

  • Ike Davis: .455/.417/1.000, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 282 wRC+, 0.3 WAR
  • Russell Marin: .500/.700/.500, 4 RBI, 261 wRC+, 0.5 WAR
  • Neil Walker: .333/.440/.667, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 211 wRC+, 0.4 WAR

Who’s Cold (last 7 days)

  • Gaby Sanchez: .143/.250/.143, 2 for 14, 21 wRC+, -0.2 WAR
  • Jody Mercer: .200/.292/.250, 4 for 20, 45 wRC+, 0.0 WAR
  • Josh Harrison: .227/.261/.273, 5 for 22, 50 wRC+, 0.0 WAR
  • Gregory Polanco: .190/.227/.333, 4 for 21, 56 wRC+, -0.1 WAR
  • Andrew McCutchen: .217/.308/.261, 5 for 23, 6 K, 57 wRC+, -0.1 WAR

Upcoming Schedule

  • Mon (10:15), Tues (10:15), Wed (3:45) at San Francisco
  • Thurs (9:40), Fri (9:40), Sat (8:10), Sun (4:10) at Arizona

4. Cincinnati Reds (last week: 4):

52-52, 6.0 GB, 4th Place, 393 RS, 385 RA (+8)

The Reds are off to a miserable start to the second half, going just 1-8. The Reds offense hasn’t scored more than 3 runs in any game in the second half, and have scored an MLB worst 14 runs (2nd worst is the Mets with 20 runs).

Reds MLB batting ranks: 391 Runs (28th), .303 OBP (26th), .379 SLG (20th), 87 wRC+ (27th)

Reds MLB pitching ranks: 3.50 ERA (9th), 64 QS (5th), 1.22 WHIP (8th), 3.91 FIP (20th)

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Starting Pitchers this week

Who’s Hot (last 7 days)

  • Ramon Santiago: .231/.375/.385, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 119 wRC+, 0.1 WAR

Who’s Cold (last 7 days)

  • Zack Cozart: .000/.063/.000, 0 for 15, 3 K, -89 wRC+, -0.2 WAR
  • Jay Bruce: .118/.211/.176, 2 for 17, 7 K, 9 wRC+, -0.2 WAR
  • Brayan Pena: .211/.211/.211, 4 for 19, 9 wRC+, -0.1 WAR
  • Todd Frazier: .095/.174/.238, 7 K, 12 wRC+, -01 WAR
  • Devin Mesoraco: .100/.250/.200, 1 for 10, 5 K, 36 wRC+, 0.0 WAR

Upcoming Schedule

  • Mon (7:10), Tues (7:10), Wed (12:35) vs Arizona
  • Thurs (7:10), Fri (7:10), Sat (7:10), Sun (1:10) at Miami

5. Chicago Cubs (last week: 5):

42-61, 15.5 GB, 5th Place, 397 RS, 447 RA (-50)

The Cubs are off to a tough start to the second half. The Cubs are just 2-7 since the break, and now have a run differential of -50.

Cubs MLB batting ranks: 397 Runs (27th), .298 OBP (29th), .385 SLG (14th), 26 wRC+ (28th)

Cubs MLB pitching ranks: 3.95 ERA (21st), 23 QS (23rd), 1.31 WHIP (18th), 3.51 FIP (6th)

Starting Pitchers this week

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Who’s Hot (last 7 days)

  • Anthony Rizzo: .333/.462/.762, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 235 wRC+, 0.4 WAR
  • Emilio Bonifacio: .400/.400/.500, 1 SB, 151 wRC+, 0.3 WAR
  • Ryan Sweeney: .267/.313/.667, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 168 wRC+, 0.2 WAR

Who’s Cold (last 7 days)

  • Starlin Castro: .217/.308/.261, 5 for 23, 4 K, 62 wRC+, 0.0 WAR

Upcoming Schedule

  • Mon (8:05), Tues (8:05), Wed (8:05), Thurs (2:20) vs Colorado
  • Fri (10:10), Sat (9:10), Sun (4:10) at LA Dodgers

NL Central Players of the Week

  • Russell Marin, Pirates: .500/.700/.500, 4 RBI, 261 wRC+, 0.5 WAR

  • Matt Garza, Brewers: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0.1 WAR

See previous players of the week here.