As the Pittsburgh Pirates struggle to remain in postseason contention, the possibility of their first winning season in 20 years also seems to be jeopardy.
A.J. Burnett hopes to continue his recent success against Cincinnati and help the visiting Pirates avoid a season-high sixth consecutive loss and three-game sweep at the hands of the NL Central-leading Reds on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh (72-69) was 16 games over .500 and 2 12 games behind first-place Cincinnati on Aug. 8. Since then, the Pirates have lost 22 of 31 and find themselves 13 games behind the Reds after falling 5-3 on Tuesday. Though Pittsburgh is still in the hunt for a wild-card spot, it must find a way to turn things around or a once-promising year could turn into a 20th consecutive losing season.
"We've got to just keep fighting," losing pitcher Kevin Correia said. "We're not on a good run right now, but it can very easily turn around with one game. I think everybody knows that."
One night after a frustrating 4-3,...