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First Pitch: Can Home Field Advantage Be an Advantage Again?

First Pitch: Can Home Field Advantage Be an Advantage Again?

Can the fans at PNC Park impact the next two games? (Photo Credit: David Hague)

We don't know if the "Cue-to" chants from the Wild Card game actually made a difference in the way Johnny Cueto pitched. What we do know is that Johnny Cueto entered the game with a dominant track record against the Pirates. The chants started, and immediately he dropped the ball off the mound, then gave up a solo homer. By the end of the fourth inning, he was out of the game. It's hard to completely chalk that up to correlation.

Prior to that Wild Card game, the matchup looked even. Francisco Liriano had dominant numbers at home, and success against the Reds. Cueto had success against the Pirates. On paper it looked like a pitcher's duel that could go either way, depending on which offense got the edge.
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