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Around the NL Central: September 11 Edition

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The Brewers next pitching opponent.
The Brewers next pitching opponent.

News:

Cincinnati pitcher Bronson Arroyo tied a club record yesterday! The bad news is, it's the team record for most homeruns given up in a season. Arroyo, who should set the record in the near future, currently sits at 40, tied with Eric Milton.

Nine months ago, pitcher Lance Pendleton was a Yankee. Then he was an Astro. Then he was a Yankee again. Now, he's back with the Astros as they claimed him off of waivers from New York.

Yesterday's Games:

The Cubs beat the Mets 5-4 in a thriller. After the Mets scored four runs in the eighth inning to take a 4-3 lead, Aramis Ramirez singled in two runs to give Chicago back a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Randy Wells pitched a good game, allowing two runs in seven innings. Marlon Byrd and Starlin Castro each picked up a couple hits.

The Reds lost to the Rockies 12-7. Bronson Arroyo gave up six earned runs in just one inning while allowing three home runs to tie the aforementioned team record in home runs allowed in a season. Things have just not been going his way. The Reds hit five homers of their own, including two by Chris Heisey, who went 3-4 on the day with two RBI and three runs scored.

The Astros beat the Nationals 9-3. Houston scored six in the third inning via a whole bunch of singles and small ball. Jason Bourgeois went 3-5 while Carlos Lee, Chris Johnson, Angel Sanchez, and Carlos Corporan all picked up a couple of hits.

The Pirates were shut out by the Marlins and Anibal Sanchez 3-0. Worse than that, even, the Pirates only managed one hit, a double from Neil Walker. Sanchez also struck out eleven Pittsburgh batters. Jeff Locke had a nice first appearance, giving up three runs in five innings.

The Phillies beat the Brewers 3-2.

The Cardinals beat the Braves, 4-3. That's all you need to know about that.

Updated Standings:


W L GB Last 10 Streak Elimination #
Brewers
85 62 -- 4-6 L5 --
Cardinals 78 67 6.0 7-3 W4
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Reds 71 74 15.0
4-6 L1 4
Pirates 66
79 18.0 4-6 L2
Done
Cubs 63 82 21.0 5-5 W1 Done
Astros 49 96 35.0 4-6 W1 Done


The Wild Card race looks like this right now:


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Brewers*
85 62 -- 4-6 L5
Braves
84 62 0.5 3-7 L2
Cardinals 78 67 6.0 7-3 W4
Giants 75 70 9.0
4-6 L3
Dodgers 72
72 11.5 8-2 W4


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


W L GB Last 10 Streak
Phillies (East) 94 48 -- 8-2 W6
Brewers (Central)
85 62 11.5 4-6 L5
D-backs (West)
85 61 12.0 8-2 W4
Braves (Wild Card)
84 62 12.0
3-7 L2

Today's Matchups:

James McDonald (9-7, 3.98) and Javier Vasquez (9-11, 4.29) face off as the Pirates take on the Marlins.

Henry Sosa (2-3, 4.11) and the Astros get to take on Stephen Strasburg (0-0, 0.00) and the Nationals.

Yovani Gallardo (15-10, 3.71) tries to help the Brewers avoid a sweep by the Phillies and Vance Worley (11-1, 2.85)

Jake Westbrook (11-8, 4.65) gets the call for the Cardinals as they play the Braves and Tim Hudson (14-9, 3.14).

Edinson Volquez (5-4, 5.93) and the Reds get the Rockies and Drew Pomeranz (0-0, -.--), making his major league debut.

Matt Garza (8-10, 3.52) and the Cubs are against the Mets and Miguel Batista (4-2, 3.92).