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First Pitch: Time For the Pirates to Make a Big Move and Go For the Division Title

The Pirates added Ivan Nova today, and if they were to land Jose Quintana, they'd have the makings of a team that could contend for the NL Central. Photo Credit: David Hague
First Pitch: Time For the Pirates to Make a Big Move and Go For the Division Title

There's a narrative that has existed in Pittsburgh for the last few years that I used to think only existed in Pittsburgh. That narrative is that the Wild Card game is not the playoffs.

The Pirates hosted the NL Wild Card game from 2013-2015, which means they hosted it three of the first four years the one game playoff was in existence. They won it once, and lost the second two years when they had the misfortune of going up against the hottest pitchers in baseball at the time. That's just the downside of a one game playoff. And yet, there are a lot of people in Pittsburgh who don't even acknowledge that they made the playoffs, saying that the Wild Card game is a play-in game.

This playoff truther movement is pretty ridiculous, since MLB officially considers the Wild Card game to be p...

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