Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

The Race in the NL Central

Extra innings were required on Tuesday night, but the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 to extend their lead in the National League Central to four games. With approximately one and a half months remaining in the 2011 season, the race for the NL Central title is shaping up nicely.

Until a few weeks ago, the NL Central race included four teams: the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Cardinals, and Brewers. Only two teams were all but eliminated. Those being the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros. The Cubs made no significant moves at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and the Astros completely dismantled by trading Hunter Pence (traded to the Philadelphia Phillies) and Michael Bourn (traded to the Atlanta Braves).

Last night, the Brewers traveled to St. Louis to begin a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Brewers entered the game holding a three-game lead over the second place Cardinals. With the win last night, the Brewers now sit atop the division by four games over the Cardinals, and 10 and a half games over the third place Pirates. The Brewers are 9-1 in their last 10 games, including their current five-game winning streak. They are playing phenomenal at home. At Miller Park this season, they are 41-15. But when they travel, their record is much different. With the win last night, they are now 10 games under .500 with a 25-35 record away from home.

On the other hand, the Cardinals have a winning record both at home and on the road. They are 29-25 at Busch Stadium, and 33-29 on the road. Despite last night's loss, the Cardinals are 6-4 during their last 10 games.

The Brewers and Cardinals still have eight games remaining against each other down the stretch. Five games in St. Louis (August 10-11, September 5-7) and three games in Milwaukee (August 30-September 1).


11 Comments
hawkwolf
Big Ten and Notre Dame College Football loom around the corner for you, Bill.
BeanCounter37   Wednesday, August 10, 2011
billpearch
Nope. I'm not a big fan of college football.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, August 10, 2011
SarahS
Question for you Bill. I'm taking Greg to his first game at Miller Park in a few weeks when they play the Cubs. I've only been to one game there and didn't really leave the seat much. Are there any must sees or must eats that you recommend?

I was a little leary to surprise him with the gift now that the Cubs have sort of fallen out of the race. But since he's never seen the stadium I think it will be fun. I'm excited to go to a game and actually be able to root for the Cubs though, since they could help my Cardinals out a little.
Snelly   Wednesday, August 10, 2011
billpearch
Hmmm. Let me think. I'll post my thoughts when I get home later tonight.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, August 10, 2011
jef
I was glad to see the Cubs sweep the Pirates last week, but I was kind of pulling for them in the NLC race. I like to see underdog teams, without any real superstars, doing well. My second choice for who I would like to see win the division is the Brewers.

I went to the Cubs game last night. Nice night at Wrigley, but another loss.
jef   Wednesday, August 10, 2011
billpearch
Snelly, in the park the best thing is the local beer. There are plenty of kiosks where you can drink local or Midwestern brews. I should recommend downloading the MLB app. You can view a map of the park and find the location of all food stands at Miller Park. You'll have to look for it, but there is a good beef brisket sandwich. You can always get a brat with secret stadium sauce. The hot roasted nuts are always tasty. You can always get the fish dinner just to hear someone yell, "Swimmer!" Of course, you can get nachos or waffle fries in a big Brewers helmet. That's the stuff in the park.

If you venture outside of the park, you can go to Leon's on 27th Street for a Spanish Hamburger (a Sloppy Joe with cheese). It also has the best custard in Milwaukee. Gilles on Bluemound is a close second.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, August 10, 2011
SarahS
Thanks for all the suggestions, Bill! I will definitely download that app. I'm making notes also of Leon's and Gilles. Thanks!
Snelly   Thursday, August 11, 2011
lgrant
Makes me want to go and I don't even go to ballgames. :)
LGrant   Thursday, August 11, 2011
SarahS
I know, LGrant! I'm looking forward to the trip. We'll be there for 3 days. So, we'll definitely see/do a lot more than just the ballgame.
Snelly   Thursday, August 11, 2011
lgrant
My biggest regret when visiting Milwaukee the one time was not getting some of the custard. I'd heard about it for years but I was at the whim of another driver and every time we thought of it we were too full so we kept passing. I wish I'd had a chance to sample that.
LGrant   Thursday, August 11, 2011
SarahS
I've been there several times and have never heard about the custard. I am definitely adding it to our list of things to try.
Snelly   Thursday, August 11, 2011
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