Around the NL Central: August 19 Edition

News and notes from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • All good things must come to an end, and Clayton Kershaw made sure of that yesterday, dominating Milwaukee for eight innings as the Dodgers avoided the sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Crew. Our recap of the carnage is here.
  • Cincinnati couldn't get the bats going against Jordan Zimmermann or any of the relievers that followed Zimmermann to the mound, and the Reds dropped a 3-1 decision to the Nats last night. The Reds certainly made Zimmermann earn his paycheck, working his pitch count to 102 in just 5.2 innings, but Zimmermann worked around six hits and two walks and held the Reds scoreless. The only offense the Reds could muster came on an RBI groundout from Brandon Phillips in the seventh, but the Nationals got a solo homer from Jesus Flores and a 2-RBI single from former Red Jonny Gomes to secure the win.
  • St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Pittsburgh all had the day off.

Your updated standings for August 19:

W L GB Last 10 Streak Elimination #
73 52 -- 8-2 L1 --
Cardinals 66 58 6.5 5-5 W1
Reds 60 64 12.5
5-5 L1 26
Pirates 58
64 13.5 4-6 L1
Cubs 54 70 18.5 5-5 L2 20
Astros 40 84 32.5 3-7 W2 6


The Wild Card race looks like this right now:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
73 52 -- 7-3 W1
73 52 -- 8-2 L1
Giants 67 58 6.0 4-6 L1
Cardinals 66 58 6.5
5-5 W1
Mets 60
63 12.0 4-6 W1


On tap for tonight:

  • The Crew begins a three-game series in the Big Apple against the Mets. Game one starts at 6:10 p.m. CDT and features Shaun Marcum (10-3, 3.50) taking on Mike Pelfrey (6-9, 4.58).
  • The Cardinals travel to the Friendly Confines for a three-game set with the Cubs that starts at 1:20 p.m. CDT this afternoon. Jaime Garcia (10-6, 3.42) battles Randy Wells (4-4, 5.90) in this one.
  • The Reds continue their road trip with a stop in Pittsburgh and a three-game series with the Pirates that starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Homer Bailey (7-5, 4.43) is on the bump for the Reds, while Kevin Correia (12-11, 4.62) takes the ball for the Pirates.
  • Houston welcomes San Francisco to town at 7:05 p.m. CDT, when Wandy Rodriguez (8-9, 3.50) takes on Ryan Vogelsong (10-2, 2.47).
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