Diamond Mind: NL Central

Originally Published: April 1, 2007
By Charles Wolfson and Tom Tippett | Special to ESPN.com

The Cardinals ran away with the NL Central in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005. They came back to the pack in the other seasons (including 2006, in which they pulled off the division title with just 83 wins) to produce close races with Houston and (in 2001 and 2003) Chicago. We project another close three-way race between the Cardinals, Astros and Cubs in 2007, with the Cards again prevailing.

St. Louis Cardinals Projection: 1st, 85-77, division title 40 percent, wild card 6.7 percent

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