In two of the National League’s three divisions, everything looks upside down. Considered a contender at the start of the season, the Giants have been wallowing near the bottom of the league. Viewed as a strong threat to repeat as World Series champs, the Cubs are fighting to keep their heads above .500. Meanwhile, the Brewers and Rockies lead their divisions, and the Diamondbacks have been one of the best teams in baseball.
What gives? We’ll sort it all out in this NL edition of The 30. Enjoy.
Note: Rankings based on a combination of records, run differential, strength of schedule, recent performance, team health, and overall talent. “Last Time” reflects the rankings from the most recent edition of The 30, two weeks ago. We’ll be running The 30 every two weeks all season long, alternating between profiles of all American League teams, and all National League teams.