Today, separated each by a single game, the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds. Each team holds  a wild card spot and if the season ended today, the Pirates would play the Reds in the one-game Wild Card game to earn the right to play a five-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

If one were to say tonight's game is possibly the most important one this season, that person wouldn't be totally wrong in the eyes of the Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle. But it wouldn't be totally right, as Hurdle would say, because the most important game the Pirates are playing is the one they play today.

Andrew McCutchen leads the Pirates into their most important series of the season tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

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