The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"I just tried to go after them, be aggressive, throw strikes. Obviously, I lost some command but I just got tired and just lost the ability to regroup."
-- Reds reliever Kip Wells, on his disastrous start after he entered in relief of suddenly injured starter Johnny Cueto.
Rockies 11, Cubs 5
It seems crazy to be writing this after the way the Rockies started the season, but it really, really looks like Colorado is one of the four best teams in the National League. The Rockies blazed past a fellow Wild Card contender -- Chicago -- again on Monday night, getting a ridiculous cycle by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who had seven RBI en route to the every-base night en route to the one-sided win. Jorge De La Rosa won his 10th game of the season for Colorado despite an ERA hovering around 5.00. Guess that's a testament to the Rockies' offense under Manager Jim Tracy, huh? Speaking of which, can we just make Tracy the NL Manager of the Year ahead of time? Would anyone object to that?
Marlins 8, Astros 6
If you haven't looked closely at the NL East standings lately, you might have missed the huge push Florida has put on since adding local longtimer Nick Johnson. The first baseman parachuted down to Miami just in time for the fish to push within four games of the Phillies, who seemed unreproachable as recently as two weeks ago. Johnson was one of seven players to score a run and notch at least one hit for Florida, which has done exactly the opposite of what many thought was coming following three-straight losses in Washington last week; they've imitated the Nats (who would of thunk it?), putting together an impressive winning streak of their own.
Cardinals 4, Reds 1
St. Louis and Chicago were tied for the NL Central lead last week. After yet another win against Cincinnati -- precisely the type of foe the Cards should be beating -- St. Louis suddenly holds a three-game edge over the reeling Cubs in the division. Kyle Lohse finally earned another win for the Cardinals, who used three wall balls in a two-run sixth inning to put the Reds in a hole. And of course, with the win, the Cardinals dug the Cubs a bigger hole, too.
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