I want to thank the Pirates for last night’s win. Yesterday I said this,
I’ll take any win we can get, I’m just so tired of these crazy nail biters.
Thanks for giving me what I wanted!!!!!
Francisco Liriano will get his last start before the playoffs today. He’s likely going in the one game playoff on Tuesday, if it happens.
So it’s one final tuneup. One final chance to say “hey, at least give me some Cy Young votes!”.
Just stay on point. Liriano has three straight quality starts after that pathetic outing in Milwaukee.
Those weird four or less inning outings have been scattered throughout his starts recently. That gives me the creeps. He hasn’t had two of those in a row yet and has followed all of them up with a good outing. Maybe a win and a Liriano abortion wouldn’t be such a terrible thing. As long as the Pirates win!
For his part Liriano has been really good against the Cubs this year.
We also know what he does to lefties.
Just keep winning. Who knows? Maybe the Cardinals go on a small skid and the Bucs eek out this division?
He’ll face off with Jake Arrieta.
Arrieta has been quite good since coming over from the Orioles, but the Pirates hit him well last time.
The Pirates actually lost that freaking game on the arm of Jason Grilli.
One thing to look for? Pedro Alvarez. We know El Toro can flat out carry a team when he’s hot.
In Pedro’s past six games he’s hitting .333/.385/.542/.926. Would there be a better time for Pedro to get hot than right now????
Most people are inexplicably not giving the Pirates a chance in a one game playoff. If that Pedro Alvarez shows up I don’t see how the Pirates lose!
First Pitch: 2:20 PM EST
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