Finally, PNC Park has something other than the distinction of best ballpark in America to lay claim to. Now, it also is the home to the best record by a home team in all of Major League Baseball. The Pirates beat the D’Backs tonight 7-6, in a rather unusual game, to wrap up their 35th win of the season at PNC Park. Only the Reds have more wins at home this season (36) in the Major Leagues, but the Pirates only have 17 losses to go against those wins compared to 20 L’s for Cincinnati. This is good news because the Pirates still have 29 home games remaining after tonight, with 23 games left on the road.
With the Cardinals losing tonight to San Francisco 15-0, the Pirates stretched their wild card lead to a full 3 games over St. Louis, 4.5 over the Dodgers (still playing while I write this) and a pretty significant 7.5 over Arizona after tonight’s win. This sounds funny, but with a Wandy win over Arizona tomorrow in the last regular season head to head game between those two teams, that would put a serious dent in Arizona’s wild card hopes trailing by 8.5 games to a team they don’t play again.
The Pirates are back to within 2.5 games of first place in the NL Central, which is a definite priority over the wild card, considering the wild card option is a one game and done scenario whereas the division winner gets the 5 game series. The Pirates remain 4.5 games behind a hot Washington Nationals team in the race for home field advantage and the best overall record in baseball.
The Reds open a four game set with the Cubs on Thursday after getting swept in Milwaukee already this week, and while you can’t expect much help from the Cubs, it would be nice to see them win a split in that series. Mike Leake vs. an 0-8, 7.22 Chris Volstad tomorrow night though, so don’t get your hopes up that we cut into that 2.5 game lead any more anytime soon. Sunday looks like a mismatch as well for the Reds, so keep an eye on Friday and Saturday night’s games for any scoreboard watching you have planned for the weekend.
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