The Pirates and Reds will meet up this weekend to determine home field in the Wild Card game. (Photo by: David Hague)

The Pirates had a chance to go up two games on the Reds today. Cincinnati lost 1-0 to the Mets, but the Pirates lost to the Cubs after a Darnell McDonald three run homer. The two game lead would have been significant, as it would have meant the Pirates would have only needed one win this weekend against the Reds for home field advantage in the Wild Card game. Below are the scenarios for the division and home field advantage in the Wild Card game.
NL Central
Cardinals 4, Nationals 1

Cubs 4, Pirates 2

Mets 1, Reds 0

The Pirates would now have to sweep the Reds and the Cardinals would have to be swept by the Cubs this weekend in order for the Pirates to have any ...

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