Francisco Liriano to start Wild Card, A.J. Burnett NLDS for Pittsburgh Pirates

Jul 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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.” #pirates

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.

Topics: A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates

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  • josephbagadoughnutz

    bucs need to trade pedro this off season. never get more for him and his 186 SO

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