Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/8/12
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are in a chase for the NL Central as well as the best record in the National League. A big reason for each team’s success have been their bullpens. They are the best two teams in the league in bullpen ERA and it’s not even close. The next best team is almost a full run behind them. The Pirates came into Tuesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 53-0 record when leading after seven innings. That record changed to 53-1 by the end of the night. Jeff Karstens had a start that was very similar to James McDonald‘s most recent outing. It wasn’t horrible but he just didn’t back up his offense. He gave every run that the Pirates scored right back and that’s even more of an issue when you put your team down early. Stephen Drew singled to lead off the game and advanced to third off of ground outs by the next two batters. Paul Goldschmidt delivered a two out single for the game’s first run. It didn’t take the Pirates long to get the ...
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