Sheldon: Playoff race begins in earnest as two months remain
Over at Reds.com, Mark Sheldon notes that there are only 53 games left in Cincinnati's season, and the team needs to make up five and a half game in order to win the division. It's not an impossible situation, but the fact that the Reds have to overtake two teams to win the NL Central is not reassuring.
Barrett: Four vie for top Pitching Performance of July
MLB.com's Pete Barrett breaks down the four best outings of July. Not surprisingly, Homer Bailey's no-hitter on July second makes the list.
There's not a whole lot happening in Reds country other than the upcoming series with the Cardinals, and you've probably heard about that from another writer here at the site, so we'll take a look around the rest of baseball.
Fangraphs.com: The Pittsburgh Pirates Aren’t Regressing
Dave Cameron looks at Pittsburgh's underlying statistics and finds that the Pirates aren't playing that far above their heads. Personally, I can't ignore how heavily Clint Hurdle has worked the Pittsburgh bullpen in predicting the rest of the season.
ESPN.com: Nats give Mike Rizzo new contract
The Nationals also promoted Rizzo to president, but the team didn't specify the length of the new deal.
CBS Boston: Jonny Gomes’ Gutsy Effort In Left Field Indicative Of Red Sox’ Team Character
The former Red had a big game last night, making two great defensive plays in the top of the ninth and then tying the game with a single in the bottom of the inning.