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The middle of May is here, and the dog days of summer are approaching. Today, we're using our watchful MLB handicapping eyes to show you the teams that are hot as fire and cold as ice in the National League.
 
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St. Louis Cardinals (9-2, +$623 in L/11) – For the second time this year, the Cardinals held a team down without a run in back-to-back games. This time though, matters were far more impressive, as they held the Rockies down to a total of three hits in both contest over the weekend. St. Louis enters this week with the best record in the National League.
 
On Deck: A juicy week and a half is ahead for the Cards, and we would be shocked if they aren't at least at 30 wins the next time we address the NL in two weeks. They've got four with the Mets, three with the Brew Crew, and three in San Diego on the horizon.
 
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Cincinnati Reds (7-2, +$487 in L/9)
– That must mean that Dusty Baker and the gang have been playing a lot of games at home of late! The Reds actually started this run with successive wins against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but that doesn't really change the hard facts. This team is 16-6 at home and 6-10 on the road thus far this season.
 
On Deck: The bad news is that the Reds are on the road for their next nine games. The good news is that they don't have a series upcoming against a team with a winning record until May 27th. It's all NL East teams between now and then.
 
Chicago Cubs (4-2, +$369 in L/6) – First baseman Anthony Rizzo has a contract that will keep him with the Cubbies through the end of the decade, and the team won four of six games this week. The bad news? Chicago is still seven-games below .500, and barring the Apocalypse, this won't be the year that all of this Billy Goat nonsense can leave Chi-Town.
 
On Deck: Don't get used to the winning ways, Cubs fans. Your team was swept the last time it ran up against the Rockies, the team on deck to start off this week.
 
Money-Burners
 
Los Angeles Dodgers (4-10, -$893 in L/14) – Can you believe that the Dodgers in their tremendously rich history had never lost eight games in a row to start a month before May 2013? LA is a mess right now, and its bats are amongst the worst in the National League.
 
On Deck: Three with the Nats and a trip to the East Coast to Atlanta await, and we have a feeling that this is going to turn out to be one of the worst months in the history of this organization when it's said and done with.
 
Milwaukee Brewers (1-8, -$880 in L/9) – You're not going to find a team that is more bipolar than this one. The Brewers started the year at 2-8, won nine straight games, and since are 5-12 in their last 17.
 
On Deck: And that's probably only getting worse over the course of the next few weeks. The team plays four at Pittsburgh and three at Busch Stadium this week.
 
Miami Marlins (1-5, -$370 in L/6) – Since this is nothing new to see the Marlins losing games, we'll just go over some fun stats for them instead. The team ranks dead last in total offense, dead last in team batting average, dead last in team OPS, dead last in team home runs, dead last in errors, and dead last in average attendance in the National League. It's not good when your team has seven more errors than home runs on the campaign.
 
On Deck: Lots of games as underdogs. Lots of them. The Marlins have been favored exactly zero times this season, and visits from Cincinnati and Arizona aren’t going to change that.

  
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