Around the NL Central: April 30 Edition

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 24: Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals fields a line drive against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on April 24, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

News!

The Reds moved pitcher Jose Arredondo from double-A to triple-A as he continues a rehab assignment.  The 27 year old right hander is attempting to return from Tommy John surgery.  Back in 2008 with the Angels, Arredondo had a 1.62 ERA in 52 relief appearances and somehow managed to get 10 wins which is kind of ridiculous.

Of course, if you hadn't heard yet, Reds pitcher Mike Leake--who had been arrested for stealing six shirts from Macy's--pleaded guilty to a reduced charge yesterday and will enter a diversion program as well as be required to do a certain amount of community service.

The Pirates have placed reliever Evan Meek on the 15 day DL.  In eleven games (eight innings) this season, Meek had a 5.63 ERA, but a 2.89 FIP.  Pittsburgh has yet to choose who they will call up to replace him, but a good candidate appears to be Daniel Moskos, who was their first round pick back in 2007.

Ryan Dempster currently has a 9.58 ERA and 6.56 FIP for the Cubs.  Apparently, the Cubs have no idea what is wrong with him which, I guess, isn't really big news but haha Cubs.

Yesterday's games!

The Brewers obviously beat the Astros yesterday.  Here is our recap.

The Pirates somehow managed to shutout the Colorado Rockies 3-0.  Kevin Correia managed to somehow keep being good, this time going 6.2 innings.  Dude has a 2.90 ERA somehow.  That's kind of weird. Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones both homered, which is less weird. 

The Cubs are now 11-14 after beating the Diamondbacks 4-2 last night.  The D-Backs managed to score both their runs in the first inning against Carlos Zambrano, but Zambrano, Kerry Wood, Sean Marshall, and Carlos Marmol managed to shoutout Arizona for the next eight innings.  After tying the game in the fifth inning, the Cubs took the lead with a run in each of the seventh and eighth innings.

The Cardinals are on a three game winning streak following a 5-3 extra innings victory against the Braves.  Atlanta held a 3-2 lead in the ninth, but a sacrifice fly from Daniel Descalso allowed Tyler Greene to score and tie the game.  Then, in the eleventh, Nick Punto hit a triple to plate two runs and win the game for the Cards. 

The Reds fell back to .500 after a loss to the Marlins yesterday.  Travis Wood wasn't exactly at his best as he gave up all seven Marlins runs in just 3.1 innings.  The Reds offense and bullpen still almost made a comeback, thanks in part to two home runs--a solo shot from Jay Bruce and a 3-run blast from Jeremy Hermida.

Updated Standings For April 30:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 15 11 -- 7-4 W3
Brewers 13 12 1.5 6-4 W1
Reds 13 13 2.0 4-6 L1
Pirates 12 14 3.0 4-6 W1
Cubs 11 14 3.5 4-6 W1
Astros 9 17 6.0 4-6 L3

 

And on tap for tonight:

The Cardinals continue their series in Atlanta.  Jake Westbrook (2-2, 7.40) goes against rookie Brandon Beachy (1-1, 3.68)

Randy Wolf (3-2, 2.64) takes on Wandy Rodriguez (1-3, 5.40) as the Brewers and Astros continue their series.

Edinson Volquez (2-1, 6.35) faces the incredible Josh Johnson (3-0, 1.06) as the Reds look to avenge last nights loss to the Marlins.

And the Cubs continue to go against the Diamondbacks with Matt Garza (0-3, 4.11) facing Ian Kennedy (3-1, 4.02)

Lastly, the Pirates try to keep their momentum up against the Rockies with Paul Maholm (1-3, 3.90) going against Jason Hammel (2-1, 3.80)

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