The third-place Pittsburgh Pirates aren't likely to catch the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds, and could soon find themselves out of playoff contention entirely.
Facing Mat Latos isn't likely to help their cause.
Losers in seven of their last nine, the Pirates could be hard-pressed to snap their longest road losing streak in two years in Monday night's series opener against Latos and the Reds.
Pittsburgh (72-67) looked like a legitimate force in the Central as recently as a month ago but has dropped 20 of 29 since Aug. 9 to fall 11 games behind Cincinnati (84-57). The Pirates are 2 12 games behind wild-card leading St. Louis, but will need to considerably pick up the pace going forward if they hope to have a chance.
Pittsburgh failed to take advantage of a favorable matchup over the weekend, suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of the visiting Chicago Cubs. The Pirates were outscored 20-7 by the majors' second-worst club while batting .160 - including a 3-for-21 effort with ...