MLB The Show 21: Team overall ratings and rankings revealed

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Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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NL Central

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Rank: 9th
  • Contact: 20th
  • Power: 20th
  • PItching: 9th
  • Defense: 1st
  • Speed: 11th

The Cardinals enter MLB The Show 21 as the best team in the NL Central. They are led by 3B Nolan Arenado (98 OVR) and 1B Paul Goldschmidt (89 OVR), two players who are among the top at their respective positions. They’ve also got SP Jack Flaherty (86 OVR), RP Giovanny Gallegos *84 OVR) and RP Andrew Miller (82 OVR).

Chicago Cubs

  • Rank: 11th
  • Contact: 21st
  • Power: 9th
  • Pitching: 16th
  • Defense: 2nd
  • Speed: 15th

The Cubs are in a weird spot this year, as kind of rebuilding but also somewhat competing. They’ve got talent in SS Javier Baez (87 OVR), C Wilson Contreras (86 OVR), 3B Kris Bryant (85 OVR) and 1B Anthony Rizzo (83 OVR), but not enough of it. They are also trying to restock their farm system and have several key players in contract years. I expect them to be sellers at the midway mark.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Rank: 16th
  • Contact: 22nd
  • Power: 14th
  • Pitching: 11th
  • Defense: 17th
  • Speed: 28th

The Brewers have one of the best overall players in the game in LF Christian Yelich (96 OVR). And he’s got some talent around him in SP Brandon Woodruff (86 OVR), CP Josh Hader (85 OVR), RP Devin Williams (84 OVR) and SP Corbin Burnes (80 OVR). Like the Cubs, there’s probably not enough serious talent on this team to make a deep run.

Cincinnati Reds

  • Rank: 21st
  • Contact: 19th
  • Power: 10th
  • Pitching: 15th
  • Defense: 30th
  • Speed: 27th

The Reds are off to a surprisingly hot start this year but it’s still early. It will be interesting to see if they can keep it up for 162 games. In MLB The Show 21, they are led by 3B Eugenio Suarez (88 OVR), SP Sonny Gray (87 OVR) and SP Luis Castillo (86 OVR). Longtime Red Joey Votto is rated just 81 OVR. Meanwhile, CF Tyler Naquin, who has been one of the Reds hottest hitters early on, is rated just 70 OVR>

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Rank: 29th
  • Contact: 26th
  • Power: 30th
  • Pitching: 29th
  • Defense: 10th
  • Speed: 22nd

The Pirates don’t have much going on for them in MLB The SHow 21. THey’ve got no players rated in the 90s and only three in the low 80s: C Jacob Stallings (82 OVR), 2B Adam Frazier (81 OVR) and 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (81 OVR).