In fact, one win in a row would be pretty good at this point. I’m going ahead and predicting a shutout series. After two straight times of being shutout against the once lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, I’m feeling confident.
Last night, the Pirates overtook first place in the division. A series in July between first and fourth place in the NLC, the Pirates and Reds: you might have predicted that at the beginning of the season, though you might have been thinking about it a little differently.
Tonight, both the expected standings and the expected outcome were flipped, as the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0.
Mike Leake started for the Reds and allowed 1 run over 6 innings, clearly a terrible outing that deserves the loss he received.
Maybe the Reds won’t be swept tomorrow. But given their lifeless offense–even the might Zack Cozart had his hitting streak snapped at 6–nobody except the Pirates’ pitchers should feel optimistic.