The St. Louis Cardinals (28-22) and Chicago Cubs (27-22) are battling for first place within the NL Central heading into Memorial Day Weekend. If the standings maintain, it may change Chicago’s plans for shaking up its roster.
Because the 2021 MLB season started, there have been rumors that the Cubs would possibly commerce a few of their prime gamers earlier than the July 30 deadline. The chances of Chicago shifting the likes of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo considerably lower with the Cubs within the thick of the playoff race.
The Cubs have turned a nook since beginning the season with a 12-16 report. Chicago has received 15 of its final 21 video games. The Cubs are as much as fourth within the Nationwide League in batting common and OPS, led by gamers who’ve been in commerce hypothesis.
Bryant, Rizzo and Javy Baez are all commerce candidates as a result of they’re within the remaining yr of their respective contracts. Nearer Craig Kimbrel has additionally been considered as a participant who may very well be moved this summer time.
Bryant is having an MVP-caliber season, hitting .320/.405/.604. Baez is tied with Bryant for the group lead with 11 house runs and 32 RBI. Rizzo is enjoying nicely in Could, hitting .294/.402/.441 in 68 at-bats.
The #Cubs path on the @MLB Commerce Deadline — i.e., whether or not Bryant, Rizzo, and Baez are dealt — is alleged to be closely influenced by their play this month. Effectively, they’re 9-5 in Could with a +16 run differential. These offers aren't imminent in spite of everything. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 18, 2021
Chicago beat St. Louis twice in a three-game sequence final week. The Cardinals have received two straight video games to keep up a half-game lead atop the division.
The Cubs received the 2020 NL Central title and the Cardinals completed in second place. Regardless of low expectations coming into the season, Chicago again is within the thick of the division and wild-card race.
The Milwaukee Brewer (25-25) are three video games behind the Cardinals. The Cincinnati Reds (22-26) are third in runs scored, however the NL’s worst ERA is stopping the group from being a playoff contender.
The Pittsburgh Pirates (18-31) are in final place and have the third-worst report in baseball.