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NL Central Intelligence: A Look Around the Division for the Week of August 6

It was a hectic week in the Central with lots of movement in the standings. The division is tightening up and it’s becoming a four team race. This should be fun to watch down the stretch.

Chicago Cubs

  • The Cubs, unfortunately, have reverted back to how they looked in the first half. The champs posted a 2-4 record this week to bring them to 60-55 a tie for first with the Cardinals.
  • To make matters worse, Mr. Do Everything for the Cubs, Willson Contreras, is now out for an extended amount of time. On Wednesday against the Giants, Contreras pulled his hamstring running out a grounder to first base. That could be a killer for the Cubs, so to speak.
  • John Lackey has been sort of a pleasant surprise in his last few starts. Over his last five, Lackey has a 3.64 ERA and has really been an anchor in the rotation.
  • Javier Baez had a #JavyBeingJavy moment this week in San Francisco. He stepped up to the plate in the 2nd inning and roped a ball to deep right-center for an inside-the-park home run. Javy also managed to score from first on a single in Friday’s win.

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Source:: Cubs Insider

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