Source: (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Source: (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

National League Central:

1. Chicago Cubs

Projected Rotation: (with 2015 statistics)

Chicago holds the best rotation in arguably, the best division in baseball, the NL Central. With reigning Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arrieta at the helm, Chicago is one of the most exciting teams in baseball. With the addition of John Lackey, that cements the Cubs with the best rotation in the Central. Look for Jon Lester to have a bounce back season as well.

2. St. Louis Cardinals

Projected Rotation: (with 2015 statistics)

The Cardinals are a very close second and some may consider them the top rotation in the division, especially now with the signing of, Mike Leake. Adam Wainwright will be healthy this year (hopefully) and Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha are studs. This rotation has the chance to become the best overall rotation in baseball, battling the Cubs and Mets for first. St. Louis finished first in the MLB last season with ERA amongst starters with 2.99.

3. Pittsburgh Pirates

Projected Rotation: (with 2015 statistics)

Pittsburgh made a key acquisition when they swapped INF, Neil Walker for veteran, Jon Niese. Niese will fill the void that AJ Burnett leaves behind, as AJ decided to hang up the cleats on his 17-year career in the big leagues. Gerrit Cole is coming off a Cy Young like season and will be sure to continue to lead the way for the Bucs in 2016. Ryan Vogelsong will add experience to the rotation, and Jeff Locke will be looking to rebound off a disappointing 2015.

4. Milwaukee Brewers

Projected Rotation: (with 2015 statistics)

The Brewers need some help with their rotation, a lot of help, and this off-season they have remained quiet for some reason no one can explain. They are in the most competitive division in baseball and you can already count the Brewers out in making a run in 2016. Certainly not with that pitching staff, who is lead by, Jimmy Nelson. Matt Garza had a horrendous 2015 and Wily Peralta is nothing to get all giddy about. Taylor Jungmann and Zach Davies are young and show up-side, but certainly not enough for the Brew Crew to compete in 2016.

5. Cincinnati Reds

Projected Rotation (with 2015 statistics)

The Reds were all around horrible last season, and are on the path to be even worse this upcoming season. Their rotation is in shambles and other than Joey Votto, they cant really hit either. Homer Bailey is coming off Tommy John surgery, but is nothing special, even though he signed a six-year, $105 million contract with the Reds back in 2014. The only upside the Reds have is that their current rotation is very young and will need time to develop, the question just is, will they ever?

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