CBS Sports’ Jonah Keri Previews NL Central Race, Believes Cardinals’ Pitching Regresses

Jonah Keri, a baseball writer for CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated, posted his NL Central preview on Wednesday night. In it, he projects the Cardinals to finish behind the Cubs in the division, adding he wouldn’t be shocked if the Red Birds end up in third.

Keri joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Thursday to discuss his article and other topics surrounding baseball.

Read excerpts and listen below:

Can expound on what you wrote in your season preview?

On the Cubs: “Starting with the Cubs, they were a very good team last year. But they worked really hard on addressing their weaknesses. It was the little touches I really appreciated on top of the fact they John Lackey, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward. That was a heck of a shopping spree over the off-season. They really don’t have any on-paper weaknesses.”

On the Cardinals: “I still think they’re a good team. The biggest reason I think they’re going to regress. With running in scoring position, Cardinals allowed a .210 batting average last year. That was one of the lowest in decades in baseball. The Cardinals are good…but do they have a super-natural clutch gene? My thought is no…they’re probably a bunch of good pitchers who pitched like Sandy Koufax in a niche situation. That’s one thing that will regress a little bit.”

Here’s the complete interview:

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