Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 8/2/12
The Pirates are off today. The Pirates will not be off again until August 22nd. Between now and then they will Play a three-game series in Cincinnati against the NL Central-leading Reds. The Reds currently lead the Pirates by three games and they play at 12:35 this afternoon against the Padres. Ross Ohlendorf is pitching for the Padres.  They go home for an 11-game homestand that includes four games against the Diamondbacks (currently 54-51, 2 1/2 back in the NL West, 5 1/2 back of the Braves for the second wild card (and thus 6 1/2 back of the Pirates), three against the Padres (44-62), and four against the Dodgers (56-50, one back of the Giants, four back of the Braves, five back of the Pirates).  They go back on the road for three in St. Louis to play a dangerous Cardinal team that is currently 56-48 and four games behind the Pirates, but that pretty much everyone is expecting a surge from before this season ends.  They close out with three games in San Diego, which isn't al...
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