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The Wild Card Game Looks to Feature a Pitcher’s Duel

The Wild Card Game Looks to Feature a Pitcher’s Duel

The Wild Card game tonight will feature a strong pitching matchup. On one side you've got the Pirates ace, Francisco Liriano, who is dominant at home. He's also a lefty who is going up against an offense that has three key left-handed hitters. On the other side you've got Johnny Cueto, who has absolutely dominated the Pirates in his career, and his two starts this year. Below is a preview of two pitchers, plus a look at some possible shift candidates on the Reds offense.

Francisco Liriano has been the second best home starter in baseball. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Francisco Liriano
2013 Stats at Home: 1.47 ERA, 72:26 K/BB in 73.2 IP

2013 Stats vs Reds: 3.70 ERA, 28:10 K/BB in 24.1 IP

Liriano's home ERA is the second best in baseball of all pitchers with 70+ innings pitched at home. His numbers against the Reds are inflated by one outing on the road where he saw a ball go under Jordy Mercer's glove, and another one go off the heel of Pedro Alvarez's glove. If those two play...

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