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Astros class of NL Central

By adding Roger Clemens to an already solid offense, the Astros clearly are the best team in the NL Central.

Originally Published: January 26, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Before the Astros picked up Roger Clemens, I think most people figured the National League Central like this:

Cubs Astros

Cardinals

everybody else

I didn't think that was quite right, and today I would group them like this:

Astros

Cubs Cardinals

everybody else

Here's a salient fact: in 2003 the Cardinals scored 876 runs, which was 71 more than the Astros scored and 151 more than the Cubs scored. Yes, the Cubs had better pitching than the ...

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