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The Future of the NL Central

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We turn our attention once again to a topic of considerable debate here in past weeks, the future of the NL Central.

Do the Cardinals take this division handily? How soon will age catch up with them? Their farm system is improving but is this happening fast enough? And does it matter? Who will challenge them? The Cubs. . .they look somewhat dysfunctional to me but can't be counted out. The Astros...will they win 75 or 95? The Pirates...how soon will they compete? The Reds, same question. The Brewers? It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Milwaukee make a huge push this year or in 2007.

What do you think of the farm systems, and what impact does the state of the farm have on the future of these particular teams?