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NL Central Notes: Oh’s option, Nova’s success

The latest from around the National League Central.

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis closer Swung-hwan Oh ended his 30th game of the season Friday, and as a result, his 2017 club option vested, according to Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Oh will be paid $2.75 million next season, according to Goold.

The Cardinals’ closer has had success this season, pitching to a 1.87 ERA and 2.01 FIP over 72.1 innings. Oh has also recorded 17 saves.

Oh’s success this season has helped the Cardinals, who are competing for the second Wild Card spot in the National League. With Trevor Rosenthal struggling, Oh has proven to be valuable for St. Louis.

More from around the National League Central:

  • Chicago’s September 25 game against the Cardinals will be televised on ESPN, the network announced.

  • Ivan Nova is having success as a result of using his curveball to get ahead of hitters early in the count.

  • With three catchers on their 40-man roster, the Brewers have to make a decision with regard to Martin Maldonado’s future.

  • Winning never seemed to be an option for the Reds, so that should be considered when evaluating Cincinnati’s season.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Cubs 90-51 — GB

Cardinals 75-66 15.0 GB

Pirates 69-70 20.0 GB

Brewers 63-79 27.5 GB

Reds 58-82 31.5 GB