NL Central standings ordered by run differential: Maybe the Cubs aren't as bad as we feared

The Cubs are sneaking back into the postseason picture and this metric suggests there might be cause for hope as the first half winds down.
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NL Central standings ordered by run differential: #4 - Milwaukee Brewers

It will likely surprise quite a few of you to see the Brewers - widely regarded as the division favorites - as the team with the fourth-worst run differential in the NL Central, but that's the case here in late June. That doesn't mean they won't wind up as the last club standing when it's all said and done, but it's certainly worth noting.

Milwaukee, at -24 run differential, is the only team in the division that is yet to eclipse 300 runs scored on the season so, once again, it's a question of offense for the Brewers. Craig Counsell's club ranks sixth in the National League in ERA and fourth in starter's ERA - but checks in dead last in the league in runs and OPS.

That's long been the knock on this franchise, but they've somehow found a way to scrape out enough runs to be competitive in recent years. Corbin Burnes hasn't been as dominant as he has over the last couple of seasons but former Cub Wade Miley has been a pleasant surprise for Chicago's neighbor to the north.