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N.L. West doesn’t need Albert or Prince


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

With the departure of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder from the National League Central, fans are probably wondering who will be the team to emerge for the pennant next year.

The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t automatic favorites anymore with Pujols not in the picture. And the magic will have probably left Milwaukee — along with Fielder — when the final months of the 2012 season unfold. There’s no doubt the N.L. West will never be the same. But don’t be discouraged. The largest division in baseball should still create some late-season drama. The Cards and the Brew Crew did lose some big bats, but have bright stars in the waiting. And don’t count out the Chicago Cubs or the Cincinnati Reds, either. As usual, those four teams should be in a dead heat toward the end of the season for the division crown. Each club definitely has a shot and the division should be as competitive as ever.

Here’s Couch Side’s early preview of the N.L. Central and the top four clubs could finish out 2012:

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