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

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Aug 24, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) makes a play to put out the Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

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Despite the Brewers struggles the Reds feel even further behind in the division, going from 8 ½ back at the start of the week to 9 ½ back at the end of the week.

The Reds started the week with five losses, to make it seven straight losses going back into last week. They beat the Braves on Saturday and Sunday to finish the week at 2-5. They got Brandon Phillips back from the disabled list on Monday, he hadn’t played since July 9.

Unfortunately for the Reds, Joey Votto and Homer Bailey are still on the disabled list, and the team doesn’t look like much of a contender without them.

The Reds will have Monday off before three-game series with the Cubs in Cincinnati and against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.