Reds eliminated in NL Central
The chances had become slim for the Reds to win the National League Central race. Now they are none. After a 1-0 defeat to the Mets that had them drop two of three in the series, the first-place Cardinals took a 4-1 victory over the Nationals for a three-game series sweep.
That means the Reds are definitely playing a Wild Card game on Tuesday. The location remains TBD.
The Pirates lost at Chicago, where leaves the Cardinals magic number to clinch the division at 1.
It comes down to this: if the Reds take two of three from the Pirates this weekend, the Wild Card game will be at GABP. If the Pirates take two of three, PNC Park hosts it. If Pittsburgh sweeps the Reds, and the Cardinals get swept by the Cubs, they would be tied for first and force a Monday one-game playoff for the division. The winner of that game would host the Reds in the Wild Card game Tuesday.
*Jeremy Warneumuende will have the game story today on Reds.com/MLB.com. Click here to read it.
*Click here for my story on Billy Hamilton being caught stealing for the first time in the Majors.
*That was the 11th time the Reds have been shutout this year.
*Mat Latos took the loss but reached a new career-high with 210 2/3 innings pitched. He finished with 187 strikeouts, two shy of his career best from 2010 with the Padres.
*The Reds attendance of 26,223 pushed the 2013 home total to 2,371,103 fans for 2013 — a new GABP record that broke the old mark from the first year of the stadium in 2003.