Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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I don't think that I need to sell this game or preview it much: the Pirates are a game behind the Cardinals on Labor Day weekend, and now they have three games against them. The Pirates absolutely need at least one win this weekend, though to be honest I won't feel terribly great about their chances to win the Central if they're two games behind the Cardinals on Labor Day. If the Bucs win two, the division will be tied on Labor Day. If they get all three, they'll be the team with the two-game lead.  Pirate fans are pretty down in the dumps after last night's listless loss to the Brewers, so let me remind you of the setting the last time the Pirates and Cardinals played at PNC. The Pirates were right at .500 over a week and a half after the All-Star Break, and they were 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals and facing the possibility that a bad series would bury them. They had just finished a lifeless series in Miami and there was a lot of doom and gloom. The Pirates won four of five,...
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