CINCINNATI Seventy-four games into the season and the Reds are pretty much where most people expected them to be, near the top of the NL Central division. Maybe St. Louis has surprised some by exactly how well it has played so far but no one should be shocked that the Cardinals are at the top of the standings. Its in their blood.
The question remains to be seen if the Pirates can stick in this race the rest of the season. Theyve got plenty of talent, especially on the pitching side of the ledger, but theyve also shown the last couple of seasons that they have had a breaking point once August and September hit.
Pittsburgh is right there right now, however, after gaining a split of the four-game series with the Reds at Great American Ball Park with a 5-3 victory Thursday afternoon. The Reds (44-30) are one-half game ahead of the Pirates (43-30) as both teams try to keep pace with St. Louis (46-26 going into Thursday nights game against the Cubs).
The question that has been asked o...