NL Wildcard Game: Analyzing Tonight’s Pitching Matchup between Francisco Liriano – Johnny Cueto

 

Analyzing Tonight’s Pitching Matchup The Pittsburgh Pirates host their first playoff game in 21 years and what a scene it’s going to be. PNC Park will be rockin and what a special night it’s going to be if the Pirates get past the Reds tonight and advance to the NLDS to face the Cardinals. In a one game playoff like this, you can really flip a coin. The Reds have been a team in the Pirates head for a few years now and the sense is Cincinnati doesn’t fear them one bit. This past weekend, though, was huge for the Pirates taking the first two games of the series to claim home field for tonight’s game. All eyes are on the pitching matchup between Francisco Liriano and Johnny Cueto. We all know about Liriano’s success at home this season where he’s been lights out. Liriano is 8-1 with a 1.47Read More »

Post-Game Buzz: McCutchen leads Pirates past Reds 6-5

 

PIRATES 6 – REDS 5 Win: Tony Watson (1-0) Lose: J.J. Hoover (0-3) Save: Jason Grilli (4) Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning and drove in three runs leading the Pittsburgh Pirates (4-6) to a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds (5-5) on Friday night in front of 24,366. In a game where the Pirates jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second inning, the Pirates would end up showing some fight to prevail against a Reds team that has been in their heads. Down 5-1, the Reds slowly clawed back as Devin Mesoraco drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth and then hit an RBI double in the sixth to cut the Pirates lead to 5-3. Pirates starter A.J. Burnett went six innings, allowing six hits and three runs in another solid outing. Burnett struck out eight and walked three,Read More »