MLB 2011 Game #10: Reds vs. CubsToday, I am meeting two high school friends at the Cubs game. Despite having a seven-game winning streak, the Cubs are still 15 games out of first place and find themselves in fifth place in the National League Central. That's just too far back with too many teams ahead of them to make a substantial run at the division, or even the wild card. They are even farther back in the wild card with even more team stacked above them. In fact, only the Houston Astros are farther back in both columns.
The Cincinnati Reds will send Bronson Arroyo (7-9, 5.45 ERA) to the mound. The Cubs will counter with Randy Wells (3-4, 5.89 ERA). Honestly, Wells has been horrible during the 2011 season. Wells and Andrew Cashner were supposed to be two of main pieces of the starting rotation. Injuries and lack of performance hurt the team. He picked up a win during his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he's 2-1 since the All-Star break in July. During the first half, he only recorded one win and added an ERA of 6.80 into the mix.
For the record, it's been a while since I've seen the Reds play live. The last time was my second game of the 2009 season.
Here's a look at the current NL Central standings. There's a very excited Brewers fan in the house.
Milwaukee Brewers 64-50 .561 ---
St. Louis Cardinals 61-53 .535 3.0 GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 54-58 .482 9.0 GB
Cincinnati Reds 54-59 .478 9.5 GB
Chicago Cubs 49-65 .430 15.0 GB
Houston Astros 37-76 .327 26.5 GB