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Chicago Cubs: Assessing state of the National League Central

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Oct 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Fans gather outside of Wrigley Field before game three of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Fans gather outside of Wrigley Field before game three of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Who is going to challenge the Cubs?

The short answer is no one. Once the Cubs wake up from their slow start, it will be hard for any team in the NL Central to keep pace with the Cubs.

Right now, the Cubs are still the best team in the division. The wealth of talent the Cubs have is unmatched by any team in their division.

With the Cardinals rotation struggling, and the Pirates without one of their top offensive threats, neither St. Louis nor Pittsburgh seems able to challenge the Cubs.

As stated above, the fact that the Brewers are in first place is a fluke. Milwaukee is not built to win right now, and have rode solid performances from some key players to get where they are now.

Expect the division hierarchy to get back to normal soon. The Cubs are winners of their last three, and seem to be figuring it out at the plate.

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Even though the Brewers currently hold the lead, this division belongs to the Cubs.

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