Sure, in the national landscape, the NL Central race isn't very exciting. It ain't Yankees-Red Sox. It ain't Tigers-White Sox. And it ain't a cluster like both AL and NL West division races.
But it is very important. Currently, the St Louis Cardinals hold a 3 1/2 game lead over the Cincinnati Reds for the NL Central lead...and the Reds hold a 1 game lead in the Wildcard race. Both teams are semi warm coming into this game. The Cardinals have won two straight after going on an 8-game losing skid. The Reds were a Gary Mejewski away from sweeping the Atlanta Braves.
It is a big series for the city of Cincinnati...as talk radio has been hitting on the lack of fan support for the Reds, despite their current playoff pace. The team also announced that 10 sections will have half-price tickets for 3 of the 4 games [the other game is a Dave Concepcion bobblehead promotion] and that hot dogs will be $1 during the entire series. The plan is to have huge crowds there for the team in the biggest home series of the season. The Reds play the Cards in a series in St Louis next week which will be the final time these two meet.