The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are barreling toward pole position in the National League Central as the end of the 2013 regular season fast approaches, but only one can take the top spot in the division when all is said and done. Current MLB odds favor the veteran Cards in the long-term, but that could change after the two meet head to head in a three-game series this weekend.
The Pirates will look to win over more than just oddsmakers when they play host to the rivals they’ve been neck and neck with for much of the campaign – they have the entire MLB betting community to win over.
While Pittsburgh’s success is no surprise – they’ve flirted with significance for almost three years now – this is the first time they’ve managed to stay competitive in the standings this late in the season. Now with 12/1 odds of winning the World Series and just one month remaining, it all seems to be coming to fruition.
Even if the Bucs lose out on the NL Central title, their lead in the wild card race is all but guaranteed, suggesting that a playoff berth is inevitable. Could a series victory over St. Louis this weekend give baseball fans a glimpse of what to expect out of PNC Park this autumn?