NL Wild Card race: Cincinnati Reds visit Pittsburgh Pirates

SALVATION LIVES IN PITTSBURGH? We’d like to report that it does. The bad Buccos host The Club for three games starting tonight. Can't you feel the excitement?

I haven't been this fired up since the Bengals hired Dave Shula.

Theoretically, the execrable Buccos offer the Reds a last, best chance at winning WC2, but since no contender seems very interested in winning anything, maybe losing two of three up there won’t make any difference.

Get the Oct. 3 headline ready: Reds Clinch Playoffs By Losing 11 of Last 18.

Subhead: Nip Surging Cards, Who Finish on 7-11 Tear

Pennant Fever isn’t yet gripping River City. The Reds are 4-7 in September, have lost 5 of 7 and haven’t won 2 in a row since Aug. 27.

That’s poor, but ckout their competition this month:

San Diego, 3-7, losers of 5 of 6.

Philly, 4-7, losers of 5 of 6.

Mets, 7-6, but haven’t won two in a row in 10 days

Only the Cardinals seem willing to seize the day. They’ve won 5 of 6, with a starting rotation of Wainwright, Wainwright, Wainwright, Wainwright and TBD. (Wainwright’s a good possibility.) Not a Gibson in the bunch. Not even a Carlos Martinez. The Cardinals split 4 with the Dodgers last week. The Reds get LA for 3 starting Friday.

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