Reds and Cards hook up at GABP. Latos, Leake, and Bailey against Lynn, Garcia and Wainright. Reds lead season series 5-4, swept Cards last time. One more series after this, final three of the season in Cardsland.
Reds lead Cards by 7 and Pirates by 8 entering the series. Cards coming off home sweep of Astros, now play Reds, Pirates and Nats on the road ten games altogether. Huge road trip for Cards. Reds coming off split at Philadelphia home for these three, then to Arizona and Houston.
Pirates return home from sweep by SD. Pirates play Brewers three games to start homestand. Teams are 3-3 so far against each other. Wandy R, Karstens, and Bedard for the Pirates. Fiers, Marcum, Rogers for the Brewers.
Pirates play Brewers nine times before the end of the season, six in Pitt. Pirates are 37-23 at home, Brewers 19-38 on the road. Brewers 30-27 v. NL Central.
Reds 3rd best team ERA in NL; Cards 5th best; Pirates 7th best; Brewers 13th best.