The Pirates picked up win no. 82 on Monday, another stepping stone toward a playoff berth that's becoming more and more likely with each passing day. On the morning of Sept. 11, everything looks pretty good at the moment as indicated by the current NL Central standings.

St. Louis Cardinals: 84-60, 99.8 percent playoff odds
Pittsburgh Pirates: 83-61, 99.1 percent playoff odds
Cincinnati Reds: 82-64, 98 percent playoff odds

The more games played at PNC Park, the better the chances are for the Pirates in the playoffs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Furthermore, when it comes to earning a spot in the one-game Wild Card game, the Pirates are in line for a home game against the Cincinnati Reds. Obviously that can change in a matter of two days, especially when the Reds come to PNC Par...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.