Williams/Giles: How the Pirates Could Beat Arrieta, How Cole Could Beat the Cubs

Gerrit Cole matching pace with Arrieta will be a key for the Pirates winning tonight. Photo Credit: David Hague
Williams/Giles: How the Pirates Could Beat Arrieta, How Cole Could Beat the Cubs

PITTSBURGH -- The National League Wild Card game is tonight at 8:08 PM EST. Bob Walk will throw out the first pitch. Petrina McCutchen -- Andrew's mother -- will sing the National Anthem, which she also did prior to the 2013 Wild Card game. Jung-ho Kang will be introduced with the team.

Then, when all of the pre-game activity is over, the real fun begins as the Pirates and Gerrit Cole take on the Cubs and Jake Arrieta, in one of the best playoff pitching match-ups in history. Here is a breakdown of both sides of that matchup, with a preview of how the Pirates could win on both sides of the matchup.
How Can the Pirates Finally Solve Jake Arrieta?
By Tim Williams

The Pirates have faced Jake Arrieta five times coming into tonight's game. They beat him once and kept it close, but none ...

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