(AP) — The third-place Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t likely to catch the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds, and could soon find themselves out of playoff contention entirely.
With two months of the season behind us, disparity in the NL Central has already set in: several teams sit well below .500, as the Reds sit atop the division.
Johnny Cueto gave up one run over six innings and the Cincinnati Reds ended two games of offensive futility in a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
Despite the rain delay, the Pirates put together a win to put them atop the National League Central division on Monday night.
Chris Gates | 93-7 The Fan — Pirates starter Charlie Morton was the most explosive player at Great American Ballpark Wednesday, pitching a complete game shutout in a 5-0 win.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is sitting 3B Pedro Alvarez for the final game of the 4-game series vs. Cincinnati.
Chris Gates | 93-7 The Fan — Things got away from Pirates starter James McDonald in the fifth inning Saturday and the Pirates fell in Cincinnati, 11-2.
The Pirates correspondent for MLB.com checked in with 93.7 The Fan’s John Phillips live from Cincinnati Saturday morning to discuss the team’s ongoing series with the Reds.
Forget Brad Lincoln, Rudy Owens or Brian Burres, the new member of the Pirates rotation will be RHP Jeff Karstens.