Central Talk, Pena’s Walks

With eight weeks to go the race for the NL Central flag is now a two horse chase between Milwaukee and St. Louis.

The Brewers and Cardinals have separated themselves from the pack due in large part to the Cubs’ seven-game winning streak vs. divisional opponents.

With Chicago’s four game sweep at Pittsburgh, the Pirates have fallen flat losing nine straight while dropping 9.0 games back of Milwaukee.

The Cubs’ spoiler streak continued Saturday having won the first two of three vs. Cincinnati, all but eliminating the defending champ’s run at a repeat. The Reds have lost three straight and trail the Brewers by 9.5 games.

Chicago has six game left against both front runners. Who knew the division ran through Chicago?

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For the third time this week Carlos Pena drew a bases loaded walk. Not exactly what you’re looking for in a run producer, but getting the runner home should stand for something.

For all that’s made about Pena’s .224 average, his on-base percentage is 120 points higher than his batting average.

Pena has drawn a walk in nine of his last 10 games, and 14 of his last 18 contests.

He also leads the club in HR (21) and walks (67)–good for third best in the NL.

Maybe keeping Pena at the trade deadline wasn’t so bad after all?

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