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Around the NL Central: September 10 Edition

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In "beating a dead horse", let's talk more about the Cardinals, the Brewers, and the Nyjer Morgan incident!  In the latest development, Chris Carpenter admits to yelling a profanity at Morgan after striking him out.  Not that a St. Louis beatwriter isn't going to try to still defend that.

The Pirates won't really use their minor league September call-ups very much, if at all.  Instead, Pittsburgh just wants to get their youth the experience of being in a big league environment.

Yesterday's Games:

The Brewers lost to the Phillies 5-3.  You can find our recap here.

Houston lost to the Nationals 4-3 in eleven innings.  The Astros held a 3-2 lead going into the seventh before Chris Marrero doubled in the tying run for Washington.  Then, in the eleventh, a throwing error by Astros 3B Jimmy Paredes allowed Ryan Zimmerman to score the winning run.  Bud Norris had a nice outing, going seven innings and allowing two earned runs.  He also struck out four.

The Pirates lost to the Marlins 13-4.  Florida had  a huge third inning, scoring nine runs off three different Pittsburgh Pitchers.  Starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf allowed six earned in two innings on ten hits while Daniel McCutchen gave up four runs and Aaron Thompson gave up three runs.

The Cubs lost to the Mets, 5-4.  The Cubs did manage to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, but the Mets got one more off of Sean Marshall to walk off with the win.  Carlos Pena hit a two run homer while Casey Coleman allowed four earned runs in five innings while striking out five.

The Cardinals beat the Braves 4-3 in ten innings.  After the Braves scored a run in the ninth, St. Louis was down 3-1 but scored two more in the bottom of that frame thanks to a two run Albert Pujols single.  The Cards won the game the next inning via a Nick Punto sacrifice fly.  Rafael Furcal reached base four times and scored two runs while Edwin Jackson had one of his better starts since being traded, going six innings and allowing two earned runs while striking out five.

The Reds beat the Rockies 4-1.  All four Cincinnati runs scored in the sixth inning.  Ryan Hanigan went 2-4 and drove in a couple runs.  Homer Bailey pitched really well, going 7.2 innings and allowing one run on six hits and a walk while striking out six.

Updated Standings

W L GB Last 10 Streak Elimination #
85 61 -- 4-6 L4 --
Cardinals 77 67 7.0 7-3 W3
Reds 71 73 15.0
4-6 W1 5
Pirates 66
78 18.0 4-6 L1
Cubs 62 82 22.0 5-5 L1 Done
Astros 48 96 36.0 4-6 L2 Done

The Wild Card race looks like this right now:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
85 61 -- 4-6 L4
84 61 0.5 4-6 L1
Cardinals 77 67 7.0 7-3 W3
Giants 75 69 9.0
4-6 L2
Dodgers 71
72 12.5 8-2 W3

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

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Phillies (East) 93 48 -- 8-2 W5
Brewers (Central)
85 61 10.5 4-6 L4
D-backs (West)
84 61 11.0 8-2 W3
Braves (Wild Card)
84 61 11.0
4-6 L1


Today's Matchups:

Randy Wells (7-4, 4.86) and the Cubs face off against the Mets and Chris Capuano (10-12, 4.63).

Bronson Arroyo (8-11, 5.00) and the Reds take on the Rockies and Alex White (2-1, 5.63) and the Rockies.

Jeff Locke (0-0, -.--) gets the start for the Pirates as they go against the Marlins and Anibal Sanchez (7-7, 3.83).

Wandy Rodriguez (10-10, 3.47) and the Astros play the Nationals and John Lannan (9-11, 3.48).

Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.47) and the Brewers have another fun pitching matchup with the Phillies as they take on Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47).