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NL Central Notes: Previous Cubs vs. Giants encounters, Miller Park soon to serve doughnut sandwiches

Peep all the good stuff going down in the National League Central.

San Francisco Giants v Chicago Cubs Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images

The Cubs kick off the National League division series tomorrow at home against the Giants. Could this be the year they end the curse? When you have the best record in all of baseball (103-58), it’s hard not the be the obvious favorite for the World Series champions. Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks will be the first two pitchers the Cubs will start this series. Both have excellent records at Wrigley, but how do their numbers read when matched against the San Fran lineup? Right before the game, brush up on what’s gone down when the two teams have met before. Hint: trying to beat the Giants in San Francisco is going to be pretty hard.

The past five years the Cubs have been rebuilding their farm system. It’s paid off big time. The Cubs have one of the best minor league systems in the MLB, now confirmed by a barrage of awards and honors. It looks like the Cubs could see another 100+ win season in 2017 if these new faces make their way to Wrigley.

If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket for tonight’s Giants vs. Cubs game, or any of the home games, here are some tips to follow regarding transportation and all that other good stuff.

Bryan Price will be back as the Reds manager in 2017, ending talk of him being the next skipper on the chopping block. So that’s a good thing, right? Anybody?

3 Brewers have elected for minor league free agency. Will Middlebrooks, Sam Freeman, and Michael Kirkman are all parting ways with Milwaukee.

In 2017, Miller Park will be serving doughnut sandwiches, so please plan your road trips accordingly. This is apart of a major concession revamp to upgrade the technology and food experience for fans. Come for the doughnuts, stay for the baseball.

The Pirates have acquired RHP Brady Dragmire from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash. In order to make a spot for Dragmire, Pirates have released LHP Phil Coke. * Insert endless “Selling Coke” jokes here *

Matt Holliday is very important and it’s about time Cardinals fans accept him as having a positive impact on the team (just as his career is about to end).