Where things stand, 9/20
NL Central standings
Pirates 88-65 1 GB
Reds 87-66 2 GB
*The Cardinals magic number to clinch the division over Pittsburgh is 9.
*The Reds magic number to eliminate the Nationals from the 2nd NL Wild Card spot is 5.
*Click here for my story previewing the six of the next nine games between the Reds and Pirates.
*Click here for the playoff tiebreaker rules on MLB.com.
If the season ended today:
NL Wild Card: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
NL Division Series ‘A’: NL Wild Card winner (CIN/PIT) at Atlanta
NL Division Series ‘B’: LA Dodgers at St. Louis