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First Pitch: How the Pirates Could Advance to the NLCS Today

First Pitch: How the Pirates Could Advance to the NLCS Today

Back on September 8th, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced the St. Louis Cardinals in a matchup that saw Charlie Morton go up against Michael Wacha. The results weren't good for the Pirates.

Morton went 1.2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. It was one of the few bad starts he had in August and September combined. The Pirates were shut down by Wacha, who threw seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks. The Cardinals ended up winning 9-2.

There are a few key differences between that game and the game we will see tomorrow that features the same pitchers. First, this game will be at PNC Park, while the September 8th game was in St. Louis. Then there's the lineups. The game in September featured Garrett Jones instead of Starling Marte, and John Buck over Russell Martin. Tomorrow's game will feature Martin and Marte. It will also feature an offense that has been red hot, compared to the early September offense from the Pirates, which was cold.

I'm not totally confident...

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