Mark Melancon blew his second save this week, although this one was on his defense. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

For so many years the Pirates were on the outside of a playoff race. You could watch all of the contending teams, maybe pick a team you wanted to cheer on, but with no attachments you could just cheer for good baseball.

Good baseball is being played right now in the NL Central. And it sucks if you follow one of those NL Central teams.

The Reds came back in the ninth inning tonight against the Pirates, then won in extra innings. That tied for the Wild Card, and put them both 1.5 games back from the Cardinals. Later in the evening the Cardinals blew a two run lead in the ninth, but escaped with a tie, and won it in the tenth inning. That gave them a two game lead over the ...

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