The schedule makers knew what they were doing when they scheduled this series. Who doesn't want to watch a series between these two teams on the last weekend of the season? I suppose they realized that the only thing that will draw fans is the knowledge that it will be the last chance for live baseball for several months. Evil geniuses!
Justin Lehr will be making his 3rd start against the Pirates in the last 42 days. You might think that that is a good thing given how meekly the Pirates have played of late, but Lehr has an 8.18 ERA against the Pirates this year in 11 innings pitched. In fact, Lehr hasn't given up less than 4 runs in a start since his start against the Nationals on August 16th. He was a good story and all there for a bit, but I think he's shown us over the last month why he shouldn't be seriously considered for the 5th starter next season.
The Pirates are just 3 losses from their 2nd 100-loss season in the last decade. The Reds are just 3 wins from their second 79-win season in the last 9 years. I think we all know what needs to happen, right?