It's still kind of hard for me to root for the Pirates, because of what they did to the Cubs back in the 1970s. But that was decades ago, and the Bucs are a great story this year.
And they're playing the Reds. What other reason does any Cubs fan need?
Choo CF, Ludwick LF, Votto 1B, Phillips 2B, Bruce RF, Frazier 3B, Cozart SS, Hanigan C, Cueto P
Marte LF, Walker 2B, McCutchen CF, Morneau 1B, Byrd RF, Alvarez 3B, Martin C, Barmes SS, Liriano P
Today's Starting Pitchers
|2013 - Johnny Cueto||5-2||11||11||0||0||0||0||60.2||46||20||19||7||18||51||2.82||1.05|
|2013 - Francisco Liriano||16-8||26||26||2||0||0||0||161.0||134||54||54||9||63||163||3.02||1.22|
Francisco Liriano and Johnny Cueto combined this year for five starts against the Cubs. They pitched 41 innings with a 1.98 ERA and 0.976 WHIP against the Cubs.
And tonight, one guy's team is going home for the winter, and the Cubs won't be the losing team! Also, they both wear No. 47. Brian Bogusevic would be proud.
Be happy, and enjoy playoff baseball.
Today's game is on TBS. Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling and Cal Ripken. Field reporter: Craig Sager.
Baseball-reference.com game preview
SB Nation Reds site: Red Reporter (careful over there)
SB Nation Pirates site Bucs Dugout
This will serve as your one and only game thread for tonight's game. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.