ST. LOUIS • The middle orders of the National League Middle-American teams have produced seven of the last 11 most valuable players and the Central National League teams have long claimed the best congregation of the first Basemen in baseball.
the group has become even stronger.
In a commentary on the Chicago media on Thursday, Cubs president Theo Epstein outlined how he and his staff expected the cardinals to gather young talents and embark on a significant move, like Wednesday's first baseman Paul Goldschmidt . The puppies have advertised moderation this winter, suggesting that any large pursuit would require a difficult reorganization of the payroll and the roster, given the commitments they have already made for the launchers and still have to get to Kris Bryant. The Cubs have seen the Cardinals as an aggressor on the market this winter ̵
"Not having done the playoffs for three years in a row and having that kind of depth of younger talent, we expected them to do another kind of consolidation for another great player, and they definitely have an elite player. in Paul Goldschmidt, "Epstein told reporters in Chicago. "The Cardinals do a great job producing young talents, they have a lot of depth of young players and last winter it made a lot of sense to consolidate a lot of their younger talents and their resources into one big impact player, and the have done with the trade of (Marcell) Ozuna. "
Milwaukee's outfielder, Christian Yelich, became the second player of NL Central in three years to win the MVP, after Bryant. Of the last 11 MVPs of the NL, seven were won by NL Central players and four of these players are still in the division: Yelich (2018), Bryant (2016), Ryan Braun (2011) and Joey Votto (2010). Before that group, Albert Pujols won two consecutive MVPs in 2009 and 2008.
As a cardinal, Pujols reached his position – and even after his migration to the American League in 2011, the first base was a force for many NL Central teams.
Since 2012, the first season of the division has not had Pujols, until today, Votto leads all the first baseman with a 0957 OPS, and the first player of the Cubs Anthony Rizzo is ranked fifth with an .864 OPS. There, behind Votto, behind Votto, there is Goldschmidt, with a .934 OPS since 2012. Rizzo is in fifth place among the first basemen with a slug percentage of .493 since 2013, and Votto is at the second place with a slug percentage of .516.  First when we talk about slugging
"It was a big division before that trade and even better now," said Epstein. "It's to be expected, I said exactly the same thing last year, I just think the Central NL deserves it and we have our work to do for us, and that's what it should be."