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First Pitch: Wild Card Race Could Be Turning in Pirates Favor This Weekend

First Pitch: Wild Card Race Could Be Turning in Pirates Favor This Weekend

The Pirates had the day off on Thursday, but still benefitted in the Wild Card race. The Cardinals lost 8-1 to the Washington Nationals, bringing the Pirates to half a game back for the second spot. The Dodgers also lost, falling 2-0 to Arizona, and moving one game behind the Pirates.

At this point the Wild Card race looks like a three team race for the second spot, with Atlanta holding a three game lead in the first spot. The Pirates have a good chance to move back in to that second Wild Card spot this weekend. The Cardinals go up against the Nationals, playing Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, and Stephen Strasburg. And as if the Cardinals didn't already have a rough series, they saw Rafael Furcal go down with an injury today, which could end his season.

By comparison, the Pirates go up against the Brewers, who didn't have Thursday off, but instead played a four hour game, losing 12-11 in walk off fashion to the Cubs. The Pirates will have their best starters this weekend, sending J...

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