Cardinals Cut Brewers Lead in Half, National League Central Week in Review

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Aug 24, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere (2) scores a run in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals

The week started extremely well for the Cardinals. They opened with a three-game sweep of the free-falling Cincinnati Reds, but after a day off of Thursday they lost 2-of-3 in their weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Either way, the Cardinals finished the week with a 4-2 record and cut their deficit in the central from three games to 1 ½.

They did have to place back-up second baseman Mark Ellis on the disabled list with an oblique strain, but that won’t affect their offense much as he’s gotten fewer than 200 plate appearances this season.

The Cardinals have three games at the freshly rejuvenated Pittsburgh Pirates to open the week, after an off day on Thursday they’ll head home for a four-game weekend series with the Chicago Cubs that includes a Saturday double header.

The Cardinals are still expected to win the Central division according to the projection system at FanGraphs, but Baseball Prospectus still gives the edge to Milwaukee.