Playoff Race Update: Pirates Have a Small Chance to Clinch Today

The Pirates could clinch the playoffs on Sunday. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pirates could clinch the playoffs on Sunday. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The National League playoff race is tight. The NL Central has three teams separated by two games. The division leaders in the National League are separated by three games. The regular season ends in nine days, and the playoff races will all be close. To keep track of that, we’ll have a nightly recap with the scores, standings, and any tiebreaking information for relevant scenarios. Here are the results from tonight, and how they impacted each race that is important for the Pirates.

NL Central

Cardinals 7, Brewers 2

Pirates 4, Reds 2

The Pirates moved ahead of the Reds for second place in the NL Central. However, the Cardinals also won to retain their two game lead.

Wild Card

Pirates 4, Reds 2

Nationals/Marlins Postponed

The Pirates took a one game lead in the Wild Card race, and their elimination number is now three. They could clinch the playoffs tomorrow if they win and Washington loses a double-header. The Nationals had their game postponed tonight, leading to a day/night doubleheader tomorrow.

I doubt the Pirates clinch tomorrow, but early next week should provide an interesting scenario. The Nationals play the Cardinals, which will impact the Pirates no matter the outcome. Every win by the Cardinals helps the Pirates to clinch. Every win by the Nationals helps the Pirates move closer in the NL Central. Since it’s pretty much a guarantee that the Pirates will make the playoffs, they should be rooting for the Nationals in that series.

Playoff Seeding

Cubs 3, Braves 1

Cardinals 7, Brewers 2

Dodgers 4, Padres 0

The Braves have a half game lead in the top seed, despite their loss and the win by the Cardinals. The Dodgers also won, and moved 2.5 games back. So the standings didn’t change, but the top teams got closer together.

1. Atlanta

2. St. Louis

3. Los Angeles

4. Pittsburgh

5. Cincinnati

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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