The Pirates believe they are good enough to break a three-year postseason drought this year. To do so, they will have to navigate the gauntlet of the National League Central.
The NL Central was the only division in the major leagues last season that had four teams finish .500 or better. The Brewers and Cubs both won 95 games — more than any other NL teams — before Milwaukee beat Chicago in a tiebreaker game at Wrigley Field.
With spring training less than a week away, the division looks to be as strong as last season.