Good Morning! for April 10

Full slate of action for the NL Central today, with the Cardinals/Reds, and Brewers/Cubs as the big games.

PIRATES (2-1) @ Dodgers (3-1)
3:10 PM CT

PIT Kevin Correia NR
LA Clayton Kershaw 0-0 0.00 0.1 2.59
  • While at the Dodgers’ game tonight, why not pick up a Big Kid Dog?  (I can think of about 2,000 reasons, but it’s your life.)
  • Clint Hurdle is trying to figure out how to handle Pedro Alvarez without hurting his feelings.  Or something.
  • Top pick Gerrit Cole made his pro debut for the Bucs last night.

CARDINALS (4-1) @ REDS (2-2)
6:10 PM CT

STL Kyle Lohse 1-0 1.23 0.2 4.22
CIN Mike Leake NR

Braves (0-4) @ ASTROS (3-1)
7:05 PM CT

ATL Tommy Hanson 1-0 1.80 0.1 4.90
HOU Kyle Weiland NR

BREWERS (2-2) @ CUBS (1-3)
7:05 PM CT

MIL Chris Narveson NR
CHC Paul Maholm NR
  • Ron Roenicke keeping tabs on Corey Hart.  If he was healthy, I guess he’d be on pace for 160 homers instead of only 120.
  • Shaun Marcum notes that “spring training is overrated“.  I would have added “way too freaking long”.
  • Hart is also making a strong case for skipping spring training.
  • This quote drove me nuts.  “As a free agent, [Paul] Maholm knew he wanted to remain in the NL Central, where his familiarity would be an asset. The Cubs ended up being an attractive option, as the lefty is 6-2 with a 5.48 ERA in 11 career starts at Wrigley.”  I’m going to guess that most pitchers with a 5.48 ERA in 11 starts end up with a record more like 2-6 (or worse) instead of 6-2.
  • On the prospect watch (which is all Cubs’ fans have this year), Anthony Rizzo had a nice night.

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