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Around the NL Central: June 7 Edition

Let's go DRAFT HEAVY today as we review the news and notes from around the Division:

Yesterday's action:

  • Milwaukee completed the four-game sweep of the Marlins and shaved St. Louis' division lead to just 1.5 games with a 7-2 romp over the Fish in Miami. Our recap is here.
  • What's the cure for a scuffling team that's dropped all the way back to .500 on the year? A visit from the Cubs, of course: Cincinnati got well (at least for a night) at the expense of the Baby Bears, stomping Chicago, 8-2, at Great American Ballpark and handing the Cubs their seventh consecutive loss. Matt Garza's return to the Cubs rotation was short-lived, as the right-hander lasted just four innings, giving up six hits and three walks and allowing four earned runs. Jeff Samardzija took over for Garza but his results weren't much better, as he got touched for three runs (via a Jonny Gomes three-run homer) on three hits in two innings of work.  Mike Leake went eight innings for the Reds to pick up his fifth win on the year.
  • Everybody else -- St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Houston -- had the day off.

Your updated standings for June 7:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 36 25 -- 6-4 W3
Brewers 34 26 1.5 7-3 W4
Reds 31 30 5.0 5-5 W1
Pirates 28 30 6.5 6-4 L1
Cubs 23 35 11.5 2-8 L7
Astros 23 37 12.5 4-6 L3


On tap for tonight:

  • St. Louis is in Houston for a three-game set with the Astros. Game one starts at 7:05 p.m. tonight and features St. Louis right-hander Jake Westbrook (5-3, 5.15) and Houston righty Brett Myers (2-4, 4.82).
  • The Crew welcomes the Mets to town for a three-game series that opens at 7:10 p.m. tonight. Former Brewer Chris Capuano (3-6, 5.19) takes on Shaun Marcum (6-2, 2.78).
  • The Cubs and Reds continue their series at 6:10 p.m. tonight at Great American Ballpark. Chicago lefty Doug Davis (0-4, 5.95) looks to pick up his first win of the year, while Edinson Volquez (3-2, 6.35) makes his return to the Reds rotation after his recent banishment to AAA.
  • The Pirates continue their homestand with a three-game series vs. the Diamondbacks that begins at 6:05 p.m. tonight. Scheduled to start: for the Bucs, Kevin Correia (8-4, 3.40); for the Snakes, Daniel Hudson (6-5, 4.22).