Well, the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to make their first post-season appearance for the first time since the 1992 season.
Even though I’m a Chicago Cubs fan, it’s pretty exciting to see a new team in the post-season instead of the same old teams who make it every year. Yeah they beat us last night in a close and awesome game, but this is a group of guys who deserve where they are going in a week.
With the Pirates preparing themselves for the post-season, we’ll see key guys getting a lot of rest within the last couple games of the regular season. Guys like starting left handed pitcher Jeff Locke may not see action until it actually counts, which is pretty smart unless you don’t want to win.
Locke is sitting on a 10-7 record with a 3.52 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 125 strike outs. He’s made 30 starts for the Pirates this season and averaged around 90 pitches per outing.
A.J. Burnett is making the start on Friday against the Cincinnati Reds as this could possibly be a first round match up.