Cubs aren’t ready to hand over the NL Central to the Cardinals just yet

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It might not last, but the Cubs have the talent to contend for the NL Central

The pieces are there in St Louis but until they prove they can deliver consistently, we can’t just hand the crown back to the Redbirds. The Cubs have their fair share of issues, of course, but this roster (at least as it currently stands) has some very talented players, as well.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have the tools to go toe-to-toe with Goldschmidt and Arenado in terms of best corner infield duos. The outfield with Ian Happ, Pederson and Jason Heyward has a much stronger track record than the Cardinals group. Along with that, the young talent on the pitching staff mixed in with veteran talents Kyle Hendricks and Zach Davies prove that the Cubs still have the potential to take control of this division.

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Arenado no doubt makes St. Louis a much stronger club and a threat to win this division and the Cubs need to take note, but the pieces on this roster are there where if each guy can focus on being the best they can be, there’s no reason why they can’t compete with the Cardinals for the division crown in 2021.