Cruising toward their second NL Central title in three seasons, the Cincinnati Reds should be able to enjoy their first trip to the new ballpark in Miami.
The Reds may be division champions by the end of their six-game trek, which begins Friday night with the red-hot Bronson Arroyo facing the sputtering Marlins.
Any slight doubts about the Reds' grip on the Central vanished this week, as Cincinnati (87-57) swept third-place Pittsburgh while second-place St. Louis continued to struggle.
Their lead in double digits with 18 games to play, the Reds can be more concerned about catching Washington - 2 1/2 games ahead - for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
They won three tight contests against the Pirates, scratching out runs on an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly in a 2-1 victory Wednesday to move 30 games over .500 for the first time since 1999.
"This was our fifth try at 30," manager Dusty Baker said. "We finally reached it. Now let's set the next goal for 35."