For the first time since 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to the playoffs – they just hope it’s for more than one game.
The Pirates, who’ve clinched a postseason spot are unfortunately too far behind the St. Louis Cardinals to claim the National League Central division, so they’re locked into the winner take all, Wild Card game where they’ll take on the Cincinnati Reds with the winner advancing to the next round.
With just two games remaining (including today) and a two game lead over the Reds, barring a mini meltdown, the Pirates will be hosting the Wild Card game and it will be ace Francisco Liriano on the mound, this according to Rob Biertempfel:
Hurdle: “Liriano is going to get the ball Tuesday.”
In addition to Liriano, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle also said that if the Pirates are to advance, A.J. Burnett would start game one of the National League Division Series (likely against the Atlanta Braves) and that he would use a four man rotation, likely featuring Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole.