Remember when the National League Central was the "punchline" of divisions? Well, they've yielded two playoff teams in each of the past two seasons, and thus far in 2013, the NL Central has been the toughest loop of all.
That's right. Among MLB's six circuits, the teams of the NL Central have the highest winning percentage in 2013 against teams from outside their division. The Cardinals, Reds, Pirates, Cubs and Brewers are, for instance, a combined 16 games over .500 against the NL East and five games over .500 in interleague play. In a somewhat related matter, you won't be surprised to learn that -- spoiler alert! -- the Cardinals and Reds again top the Power Rankings. In conclusion, respect the NL Central, if you haven't already begun to do so.
And speaking of those Power Rankings, you may have noticed that your usual host, Matt Snyder, is not writing these words. That's because Monsieur Snyder is "on holiday," as they say on the continent. That's why measly and miserable I am ruining this space in his stead. Please direct all complaints and threats of bodily harm to him.
Now let us commence ranking teams based on harnessed and wielded Baseball Power ...