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  1. Nationals' delivery on promise a team thing

    Christina Kahrl

    Some ways of winning you find yourself liking better than you expected. Five and a half months ago, most of us anticipated the Nationals would win the NL East, so now that Washington is on the cusp of clinching, there isn't any drama. It's done. For ...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  2. Nationals starting to live up to expectations

    Christina Kahrl

    Do the Nationals have the NL East won? It's worth asking now, because with a six-game lead over the Braves after their latest victory over the Mets on Thursday night, we might end up with the Nats walking away. That would no doubt be especially sweet...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  3. Making case for Brewers to win NL Central

    Christina Kahrl

    You can forgive people if they've been waiting for the other shoe to drop concerning the Milwaukee Brewers. They weren't expected to win the National League Central, after all, let alone threaten to own the circuit's best record at the All-Star break...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  4. Out of nowhere, Goldschmidt now a star

    Christina Kahrl

    Paul Goldschmidt is an MVP-caliber ballplayer. After a 7.4 WAR season last year -- good for third among National League position players -- he finished second in the MVP voting. That wasn't just a product of popularity: Using WAR as a rough guide, hi...

    Blog | June 01, 2014
  5. Reds' Leake, Frazier have big parts to play

    Christina Kahrl

    When you look at the Reds and Pirates, it's easy to get caught up in the big stars: Andrew McCutchen and Joey Votto, both National League MVPs, both leading candidates for the face of the game, both of them engines to power the possible in two NL Cen...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  6. Bucs, Reds sort stuff out before showdown

    Christina Kahrl

    You might expect that the easy focus during baseball's penultimate regular-season weekend is on guessing who's going to make it into October. Not so much in the National League, though, where the playoff slate has been essentially settled for weeks. ...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  7. Wainwright, Freese deliver big answers

    Christina Kahrl

    In September, five months into the long season, you don't want to be asking questions. You want to know what you've got and what you'll get from your players. But going into this weekend's series against the Pirates, the Cardinals had a pretty big qu...

    Blog | September 07, 2013
  8. Dodgers' addition of Young a no-risk assist

    Christina Kahrl

    This late in the season, the Dodgers are cruising to win the NL West, so why would they make a move and trade for Michael Young? One big reason is that third base has been the Dodgers' weakest slot on offense: Through Friday's action, Dodger thir...

    Blog | September 01, 2013
  9. Reds' Leake coming into his own

    Christina Kahrl

    As we head into the stretch run, the Reds may be in third place in the NL Central, but they are among the heavy favorites to return to the postseason. And while an offense that features former MVP Joey Votto draws a lot of the attention, this year it...

    Blog | August 16, 2013
  10. NL's latest rookie crop shining bright

    Christina Kahrl

    When it comes to this year's rookies, as fans I think we sort of came into this season like the kid at Christmas the year after you got the bike and the pony, or the new car and the Red Ryder BB gun. Because, let's face it, the year after Mik...

    Blog | June 02, 2013
  11. Braves' pen woes deepen, but they'll be OK

    Christina Kahrl

    The Braves might be atop the National League East, the beneficiaries of Justin Upton's slugging largesse, and they just got Jason Heyward back from the disabled list after getting Brian McCann back in action earlier this week. Yet for all ...

    Blog | May 19, 2013
  12. Why are the Rockies mountain-high?

    Christina Kahrl

    You already know the Braves have been the hottest team in the National League. You also know they have the guy with the most home runs in baseball in Justin Upton. But who has the second-best record in the NL, and who, even more surprisingly, has the...

    Blog | April 20, 2013
  13. It's time for NL to adopt the DH

    Christina Kahrl

    So here we are: Two days from Ron Blomberg Day, the anniversary of baseball's partial adoption of an overdue innovation, the designated hitter. Forty years on, and we still have the two leagues playing by different rules. Imagine the NBA with one con...

    Blog | April 04, 2013
  14. A voter's 2012 NL Rookie of the Year ballot

    Christina Kahrl

    As one of the few entrusted with a National League Rookie of the Year vote this year, there wasn't really that much drama to making a selection, at least not for me. After September, it was clear that Bryce Harper should win, and that's who I put ato...

    Blog | November 12, 2012
  15. Johnny Cueto was jobbed

    Christina Kahrl

    Last night, MLB announced the finalists for the major awards. This generated a predictable amount of snark on Twitter (then again, what doesn't?). But beyond filling time during a slow news week, the exercise did two things: It not only told us who m...

    Blog | November 08, 2012
  16. MLB - Winter Forecast for teams in National League Central

    Christina Kahrl

    Assessing what lies ahead this offseason for the Reds, Cardinals, Brewers, Pirates and Cubs.

    Story | Conversation | November 07, 2012