This is the sixth segment of an eight-part series handicapping the NL Central based on a position by position analysis of teams using a variety of projection systems.
Part 1 ( C-1B) | Part 2 (IF) | Part 3 (OF) | Part 4 (BN) | Part 5 (SP)
We’re on to the pitchers now after an exhaustive look at the offenses of the NL Central. I’m including the projections for innings pitched and ERA as I try to determine a hierarchy for the Central’s relievers. I’m using ZiPS as my projection base, but I have CHONE and Marcels around here as well if you find fault in a particular player’s numbers. Feel free to call me out in the comments; I’ll do my best to explain my reasoning.

The bullpens and closers (considered separately):

 

STL
HOU
CIN
MIL
PIT
CHC

MR

Franklin
Nieve
Saarloos
Villanueva
C...

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