NL Central Standings (via MLB.com)
When we last left the Recap, the Pirates were leading the division. That has since changed.
The Reds now hold a narrow lead in the NL Central, thanks to their efforts against St. Louis last weekend. They picked up the three game sweep against the Cardinals, to get off to a good start after the All-Star Break.
However, the Reds face some bigger issues as they’ve lost their star player Joey Votto to a torn meniscus. He’ll be out for several weeks. Votto had apparently tore it during a June 29 game against the Giants when he was sliding into third. For the record, I have no clue if Votto had any bathroom issues.
The Reds lost Monday night, 5-3, but picked up the win Tuesday 4-0, over the Arizona Diamondbacks. They have two more games with Arizona and then they’ll have a three game series at home against Milwaukee.
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The Pirates no longer have control of the NL Central after they went into the All-Star Break with the division lead. Pittsburgh lost two out of three to Milwaukee in their first series back and then they lost Monday night to Colorado.
Pittsburgh remains a game behind Cincy as they picked up the win Tuesday night against the Rockies, 6-2. It’s amazing to see the Pirates at 50 wins at this point in the season, especially with some of the years they’ve had in the last decade.
The Pirates will wrap up the series Wednesday with the Rockies and then head home for a three game series against Miami.
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St. Louis Cardinals
So the Cardinals are in a free fall. They’ve lost four of their last five games since the All Star Break ended, including Tuesday night, 3-2, to Milwaukee.
Why the Cardinals are struggling? I’m not really so sure. I do know St. Louis hasn’t scored more than three runs in a game since they got back from the break.
St. Louis tries to win the series Wednesday. They get Chicago this weekend for a showdown at Busch Stadium.
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So the Brewers got the 3-2 win Tuesday night over the Cardinals and they did so with a new closer. Milwaukee is now going with Francisco Rodriguez after John Axford had a blown save in Monday night’s loss.
Maybe K-Rod struggles and they go back to Axford. It’s not like they’re going to keep him around Antiques Roadshow forever ya know. (This might be one of the few times I get to make an Antiques Roadshow reference so deal with it.)
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After sweeping the Diamondbacks over the weekend, the Cubs lost Tuesday night to the Miami Marlins, 9-5. The game itself marked Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen’s return to Chicago for a game since being hired during the offseason.
Ozzie will have a chance to get two more wins Wednesday and Thursday. After that, the Cubs take on the Cardinals in St. Louis.
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Sitting in last place in the division, 17 games back, is none other than Houston. They lost Tuesday night to San Diego, 8-2.
It’s been a rough start for the Astros after the All-Star Break. They’ve lost four of five games, with their only win Monday night against the Padres. Houston was swept last weekend by the San Francisco Giants.
Houston still has a chance to take the series from San Diego as they play Wednesday and Thursday. The Astros wrap up their trip around the West with a three game series in Arizona this weekend. They’ll be home next week for games against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
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