Around the NL Central: September 9 Edition

News and notes from around the Central:

Yesterday's action:

  • Chris Narveson's standard-issue Inning of Doom, coupled with some curious (and circuitous) routes to the ball from Carlos Gomez, proved too much for Milwaukee to overcome on Thursday night: Narveson barfed up six two-out runs in the sixth inning and the Crew fell meekly to the Phillies, 7-2. Our recap is here.
  • Everybody else in the Central gained a half-game on the Crew; St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Houston had the day off.

Your updated standings for September 9:

W L GB Last 10 Streak Elimination #
85 60 -- 4-6 L3 --
Cardinals 76 67 8.0 7-3 W2
Reds 70 73 14.0
3-7 L1 5
Pirates 66
77 18.0 4-6 W1
Cubs 62 81 22.0 5-5 W1 Done
Astros 48 95 36.0 5-5 L1 Done

The Wild Card race looks like this right now:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
85 60 -- 4-6 L3
84 60 0.5 5-5 W2
Cardinals 76 67 8.0 7-3 W2
Giants 75 68 9.0
4-6 L1
Dodgers 70
72 13.5 8-2 W1

And here are the playoff participants, if the season ended today:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Phillies (East) 92 48 -- 8-2 W4
Brewers (Central)
85 60 9.5 4-6 L3
D-backs (West)
83 61 11.0 8-2 W2
Braves (Wild Card)
82 60 10.0
5-5 W2


On tap for today:

  • The Crew has their hands full once again, as Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11) has to face Phillies ace Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49) at 7:10 p.m. CDT.
  • The Cardinals now find themselves 7.5 games back of the Braves in the Wild Card race after Atlanta swept the Mets in a doubleheader yesterday, but the Cards can cut into that margin when Edwin Jackson (11-9, 3.78) faces Atlanta's Randall Delgado (0-1, 4.20) at 7:15 p.m. CDT at Busch Stadium.
  • The Reds head to Denver to face the Rockies at 7:40 p.m. Homer Bailey (7-7, 4.57) faces Jhoulys Chacin (11-10, 3.60) in this one.
  • The Pirates welcome the Marlins to town for a three-game series that starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Ross Ohlendorf (0-1, 6.35) takes on Ricky Nolasco (9-10, 4.39) in the opener.
  • The Cubs pay a visit to Citi Field at 6:10 p.m. CDT to battle the Mets. Casey Coleman (2-7, 6.61) is on the bump for the Baby Bears, while Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 4.68) starts for New York.
  • Houston is in Washington for a three-game set with the Nats that begins at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Bud Norris (6-9, 3.83) faces Tom Milone (0-0, 8.31) in game one.
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