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First Pitch: Pirates Have a Good Opportunity to Take Over the NL Central

First Pitch: Pirates Have a Good Opportunity to Take Over the NL Central

It hasn't been a good day for the other NL Central contenders. A quick recap of the day's events below:

St. Louis Cardinals - Yadier Molina went down last night, and today it was announced that he would miss 8-12 weeks after having surgery on his thumb. That will put him out for most of the remainder of the season, if not all of it. Here is a feel for the impact that Molina provides for the Cardinals.

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Cincinnati Reds - Brandon Phillips will also need surgery on his thumb, and is expected to miss the next six weeks. Joey Votto was also recently placed on the DL.

Milwaukee Brewers - The Brewers lost to the Phillies 9-1, and are now 1-9 in their last ten games.

The Brewers are in a massive slide. The Cardinals just lost arguably their most valuable player, possibly for the season. The Reds lost their second baseman for the next month and a half. The current NL Central race is tight, with the Pirates sitting 3.5 gam...

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