Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 9/25/13
Pirates (90-67) at Cubs (65-92) 2:20 PM–Wrigley Field, Chicago MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT, WGN The Bucs look for the sweep at Wrigley Field today as they hope to gain ground on St Louis heading in to the final weekend. The Cards seem to be playing good ball again and a letdown seems unlikely, especially against the now-eliminated Nats and the Cubs this weekend at home, but you never know. Winning the division outright is probably unrealistic at this point, but it’s not crazy to think the Pirates could somehow pick up two games in four days and force a tiebreaker for the division, which would basically give them two shots at a one game playoff (and both at home) instead of one. As for staying ahead of the Reds, this game can only help the Pirates if they win and Cincinnati loses today (that would give the Bucs a two game lead heading into the weekend series, meaning they’d just have to avoid a sweep). If the Reds or Cubs win today, the Pirates will need to win the weekend series to have home field in the wild card game. Today’s starters… Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.28) vs. Jake Arrieta (3-2, 3.94) Frankie makes his final start of the regular season as the Pirates have aligned him nicely to pitch in the Wild Card game. He’s been stellar against the Cubs this season and will look to continue the Bucs’ strong starting performances so far this week. He hasn’t been quite as great on the road, so a nice outing here would be good to see heading in to a possible do or die game in Cincinnati. Arrieta was very good in his last start and has some powerful stuff. He was the guy that allowed back to back to back homers against the Pirates at PNC Park, but the Bucs didn’t manage much else against him that night and eventually lost. Still, he’s not the type of guy that you would expect to completely shut down an offense that looked pretty good last night.
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