PITTSBURGH, OCT. 8 -- Rob Dibble, the hardest thrower of the Cincinnati Reds' three "Nasty Boys," also throws high, hard ones off the field.

Much as Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla did during the season, Dibble is playing angry, mostly over his contract. And he is taking out his anger and aggression not just on the Reds' front office, but on the Pirates' hitters.

The Reds have one of baseball's premier closers in Randy Myers, whom they acquired from the New York Mets last winter. Myers was everything the Reds hoped he would be, with 31 saves, but he's also what Dibble wants to be: the closer.

"Who knows? Maybe next year, I could be the closer over there {Pittsburgh}," Dibble said after pitching two hitless innings in the Reds' 6-3 playoff victory today.

"I don't think I've been treated fairly in Cincinnati. I think I have the qualifications to be a stopper. They haven't treated me fairly."

He has closed the door on the Pirates, allowing three hits and one run and striking out 14 in nine innings in the season and playoffs . . .

Some of the Reds aren't surprised that the Pirates don't like to face the Nasty Boys, Dibble, Myers and Norm Charlton. The Reds wouldn't want to face them either.

"Dibble's a hard-throwing crazy right-hander," shortstop Barry Larkin said. "If they knew him, they'd probably be scared because he's so crazy. He throws so hard, you can look for his fastball and still not hit it.

"Charlton? He's a crazy left-hander. All three of them throw strikes, so you feel good when they're in the game. Randy's another hard thrower. But, compared to the other two, he's McMellow." . . .

The Pirates were upset in Cincinnati about Reds owner Marge Schott's alleged stinginess, complaining loudly about the seats their wives and family were given.

Some Pirates received only one ticket apiece between the foul lines and another in the deep recesses of the center field upper deck. Pitcher Ted Power said, "What am I supposed to do, let my little girl sit by herself in center field?"

"When we get back to Pittsburgh, I'd sit Marge Schott in the upper deck all by herself," catcher Mike LaValliere said. "And maybe if anybody out there made some 'No Dogs Allowed' signs, maybe neither Marge nor {her dog} Schottzie could get in the ballpark."