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On Deck: Jumble atop NL Central standings

Posted on: July 23, 2011 10:46 am
Edited on: July 23, 2011 10:55 am

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jaime GarciaKevin CorreiaKeeping pace: With Friday's victory, the Cardinals are now tied with the Pirates -- a game behind Milwaukee in the National League Central. The Cardinals have lefty Jaime Garcia on the mound. Garcia pitched well in his first start since his new extension last Sunday, but he picked up the loss against the Reds despite allowing just one earned run (two total) in seven innings. In his only career start at PNC Park, he lost in similar fashion, allowing a run and seven hits in six innings in a loss last season. Pittsburgh's Kevin Correia has struggled at home this season, going 2-5 with a 5.94 ERA at home and 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA on the road. Cardinals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m ET (Follow live)

Adam DunnProgressive steps for Dunn: Chicago's Adam Dunn was 2 for 5 in Friday's victory over Cleveland, raising his batting average from .158 to .163. He's 6 for 15 with a homer at Cleveland's Progressive Field this season and is 2 for 2 with a double against Indians starter, lefty David Huff. Sure, that's not a whole lot of reason for optimism, but for the White Sox version of Dunn, it's about as good as you can get. White Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Sneak peak at fall? Milwaukee took the first game in this weekend's only series between two first-place teams behind Shaun Marcum's performance and has lefty Randy Wolf on the mound for Game 2. Wolf's had success in his career at AT&T Park and against the Giants. He's 3-2 with a 2.59 ERA in nine career starts in San Francisco and 9-5 with a 2.77 ERA against the Giants. Ryan Vogelsong has already beaten his previous career best for wins with seven and has a 2.02 ERA. Brewers at Giants, 9:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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On Deck: Jumble atop NL Central standings

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On Deck: Jumble atop NL Central standings

Brewers looked great last night, even with Braun out of the lineup, in the win over the Giants.

Their pick up of Francisco Rodriguez after the all-star break to shore up the bull pen is really looking good so far. He's pitched great in the three 8th inning relief appearances he's had so far setting up John Axford.

In Axford's save opportunities here has shined. 24 of 24 save's and 27 save's so far this year, only 1 save shy of the club record. He's been critical to the Brewer's success. He's done everythng he Brewers have asked of him with only a couple of blown saves all year.

The Berwers schedule set's up great for them and should really tell the tale. Through the end of August they play 28 of 37 games within the division.  They play multiple series against the Cubs and the Astros (surprisingly they have played .500 ball against each).  Then additional series with Pittsburgh and the Cardinals (both teams the Brewers have dominated, (Pirates 5-0, Cardinals 4-2).

Brewers chance look great with the most difficult part of their schedule behind them.  Go Brewers!!

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