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Around the NL Central: Tuesday Wrap-up

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Tuesday's Results:

Brewers 8 Mets 0

Astros 3 Phillies 4 (10 innings)

Cardinals 7 Cubs 6

Pirates 2 Marlins 6

Reds 2 Braves 6

Standings:

Team W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 21 15 - 5-5 W1
Reds 18 17 2.5 5-5 L1
Pirates 17 19 4.0 6-4 L1
Brewers 16 20 5.0 4-6 W1
Cubs 15 21 6.0 5-5 L1
Astros 15 21 6.0 3-7 L4

News and Notes:

Astros:

Cardinals:

Cubs:

  • Carlos Marmol, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, is at least 10 days away from returning.
  • The Cubs have signed reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league deal.
  • Interested in recent Cuban signee Gerardo Conception? Here's a scouting report on the left-hander.
  • If only managing an MLB club was easy.
  • Wrigley Field: It's a great atmosphere for the fans. Facilities for the players, however, leave much to be desired. Maybe the "curse" will go away with the stadium.

Pirates:

  • MLB Trade Rumors looks at the upcoming contract issues for the Pirates.
  • It's not as fun to talk about sputtering offense when you can't make puns (see Astros). Nonetheless, the Pirates have been looking to improve in that department all season long. (Your suggestions for clever pirate related weak offense puns are welcomed in the comments.)
  • So, who is to blame for the offensive struggles?
  • What an odd trio: Pedro Alvarez, Brad Eldred and Jose Bautista. What do these three players have in common?

Reds:

On Tap:

The Brewers move on from New York and head to Houston to begin another two game series. In tonight's game one, scheduled to get under way at 7:05 p.m. CDT, Randy Wolf (2-3) will make the Start for Milwaukee. The Astros will counter with Bud Norris (3-1).

The Cardinals begin a west coast road trip tonight in San Francisco. Jaime Garcia (2-2) will make the start for St. Louis. The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner (5-2) to the mound. Tonight's game at AT&T Park is scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m. CDT.

The Cubs welcome the Phillies to Chicago and begin a two game series at Wrigley Field tonight at 7:05 p.m. CDT. Matt Garza (2-1) is the scheduled starter for the Cubs. The Phillies will send Vance Worley (3-2) to the mound.

The Pirates open a series in the nation's capital against the Nationals tonight at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Erik Bedard (2-4) and Gio Gonzalez (4-1) are the probable starters.

The Reds replace the Brewers in New York and begin a series against the Mets tonight at 6:10 p.m. CDT. Mike Leake (0-5) is still looking for win number one on the year. The Mets will counter with Johan Santana (1-2).