Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 10/7/13
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Cardinals at Pirates — Pirates lead series 2-1 3:00 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: TBS At the ridiculously dumb start time of 3 PM, the Pirates will take the field in hopes of advancing to the NLCS. They could win a playoff series today. It’s been a long time since that happened. If they lose, they’ll get another shot, but it will be on the road against one of the best pitchers in the game. Eliminating the St Louis Cardinals from the playoffs is no small task. Ask the Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals. Even when the Cards are on the brink, they have found a way plenty of times. The Pirates have the edge in this series, but that can change in a matter of one inning. But after yesterday, it feels like the magic is on the side of this Pirates team, especially at home. We’ll see if it continues this afternoon. Today’s starters… Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78) vs. Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.26) Wacha has been outstanding in 2013 for the Cardinals, who continue to churn out ridiculously good young arms like it’s nothing. He came within one out of a no hitter in his last start. He throws very hard and has an excellent change-up. He was dominated the Pirates in one start and one relief outing this season. But, he is a rookie. He has never seen anything like he will see today at PNC Park, with the pressure of elimination on his shoulders. I can hear it now…”Waaaaaaa-chaaaaaa….” I don’t love this matchup for Charlie – he hasn’t had much success against the Cardinals (two bad starts and one pretty solid one this year), but the idea of him pitching the Pirates to their first playoff series victory since 1979….well…that would be just about the coolest thing ever. Morton’s last start wasn’t very good either, but the good news is that he’s at home, where he has been better. He is more than capable of delivering a big start, but hopefully the Cardinals help out by being anxious and pounding his sinker into the ground. Bucs vs. Wacha Cards vs. Morton
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