Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 10/1/13
When the Pirates started their weekend series with the Reds last Friday, it was clear that home field advantage was on the line. What we didn't know at the time was that by clinching home field advantage a day early with easy wins on Friday and Saturday, the Pirates also changed their mound opponent tonight from Mat Latos to Johnny Cueto (the Reds say that the reason they scratched Latos was bone chips in his elbow, but it's unclear whether Cueto would've started Sunday or not if Sunday's game was meaningful). So what effect will the Pirates' weekend sweep have on tonight's playoff game?  The PNC effect is both straightforward and incredibly difficult to quantify. A lot of Pirate fans had identified home field advantage as important because of Francisco Liriano's home/road splits, but I thought Charlie's post at Bucs Dugout about Liriano's splits was dead on. It's not so much that Liriano pitches better at PNC than he does elsewhere, it's that Liriano is flat-out deadly against ...
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