Cards Drop 2 of 3 Against Tigers

Kolten Wong's solo homer helped the Cardinals avoid a sweep last night.

Kolten Wong’s solo homer helped the Cardinals avoid a sweep last night.

Recapping the NL Central results from over the weekend…

The St. Louis Cardinals took the Sunday night game at home against the Detroit Tigers, avoiding being swept… The Chicago Cubs won their sixth straight on Saturday before the streak was broken by the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field… The Cincinnati Reds were swept at home by the San Francisco Giants, pushing them back into a tie with the Bucs for 3rd place… The Milwaukee Brewers predictably lost 2 of 3 visiting the New York Mets

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It’s official. Jaime Garcia is joining the Cardinals’ rotation. When Adam Wainwright went down with a season-ending Achilles injury, it was assumed that the spot would be filled in by either Garcia or Marco Gonzales, but both have been rehabbing from injuries. Ultimately, Garcia pitched decently enough and got healthier faster that Gonzales.

Before Garcia was ready, the Cards went with Tim Cooney (1 GS) and Tyler Lyons (3 GS). They combined for a 6.46 ERA in four starts and averaged fewer than 4 innings per start. That’s not getting it done.

Garcia will get the start Thursday, pitching the final game of a 4-game set against the New York Mets.

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The Brewers sent Scooter Gennett to AAA. I remember driving around this winter and listening to Wisconsin sports radio, naively predicting good things for the Crew this year. (I’ve lamented about this before, but for some reason blind optimism just really grates on me.) I remember them calling out Gennett as one of the bright spots for this team.

If Scooter Gennett is somebody you’re pinning your hopes on, your team is in trouble. This is why nobody with an ounce of objectivity was predicting good things for your team, Milwaukee Sports Radio… Gennett never cracked Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list. His best ranking ever within the Brewers system was #5 following the 2011 season. In other words – not a guy who a whole lot is expected of by people who know these sorts of things.

Gennett was hitting .159/.209/.206 this season. Read it again. Slowly.

He hit .324 in 69 games during the 2013 season but drew just 10 walks for a .356 OBP. Last year he played 137 games and hit .289 with a decent .754 OPS. By Baseball Reference’s calculations, Gennett was a 2.2 WAR player in 2013 and 1.3 last season – not too bad. He was a minus 1.0 thus far in 2015. He may not be given a chance to rebound.

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On Friday afternoon, I sent out this tweet about the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo.

On Saturday, Tim Healey at SportsOnEarth had stolen all of my hard research and written up this article about Rizzo standing closer to the plate, leading to more plunks.

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Back with the goods tomorrow!

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National League Ranks

Batting Pitching
St. Louis 5th 1st
Chicago 6th 8th
Cincinnati 10th 9th
Pittsburgh 12th 4th
Milwaukee 13th 14th

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Standings

W L GB Strk
St. Louis Cardinals 25 12 W1
Chicago Cubs 21 16 4.0 L1
Cincinnati Reds 18 20 7.5 L3
Pittsburgh Pirates 18 20 7.5 W1
Milwaukee Brewers 13 25 12.5 L2

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Schedule

13-25 BREWERS Fiers (1-4, 5.00)
23-15 Tigers Lobstein (3-3, 4.33)
6:08 PM CT
25-12 CARDINALS Lackey (2-2, 3.226)
22-16 Mets Harvey (5-1, 2.31)
6:10 PM CT
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