The Pittsburgh Pirates are leading the National League Central division ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. This is Major League Baseball’s most exciting division race now and it really has been all season long. The Pirates would probably like for it not to be quite so interesting but it is kind of their fault that it is. They are only 3 – 7 in their last ten games and have lost two in a row. That is a great way to tighten up the division behind them and believe it; the division is very tight once again.
Cardinals and Reds fans and players must be salivating at the chance to overtake first place. The Cardinals probably feel they belong there anyway while the Reds might really be excited at the idea to place themselves in first this late in the season. Neither of these teams is going to win out and it is highly likely that they will all three technically make the post season. The only question is which order they will make it in.
For the Pirates, this is all in their control. As I said, no team is going to win the rest of their games but the Pirates are currently sitting in first place. They have been successful in placing their fate in their own hands. If they just win and keep winning, no one can catch them. However the Cardinals are playing pretty well and the Reds are playing even better than they are. Winning only three games out of ten is not going to get it done. As a matter of fact if the Pirates do not stop their losing trend, their fate is very likely going to be in others’ hands by the end of the week.