The Cy Young races hold a lot of intrigue, where Cubs ace Jake Arrieta could trump the Dodgers' duo of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
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Eric Cooper will be the plate umpire for the AL wild-card game and Jeff Nelson will call balls and strikes at the NL game.
Are Pirates atop Power Rankings?
Pittsburgh went 3-3 last week but still finished the season with the second-best record in baseball. Where do the Bucs stand in our final rankings? Find out here
Cole train could start rolling
Gerrit Cole has proven in the past that he's capable of being a dominant pitcher for the Pirates, which is why he's one candidate to go on a Madison Bumgarner-like run this postseason. Who are the others? Photo gallery
Outlook dim for wild-card teams
With a win-or-go-home game still to be played this week, the odds are currently against the Cubs, Pirates, Yankees or Astros winning the World Series, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Tale of the tape: NL wild-card game
Here's a look at some of the key stats and figures heading into Wednesday night's matchup between the Cubs and the Pirates.
The more a team's playoff odds fluctuate, the more on edge its followers are. Conversely, the earlier a team locks up a playoff spot or falls far out of the race by pegging its odds close to one extreme or the other, the more its games blend together and its fans look forward to the playoffs (or football). So let's use those playoff odds to determine which team had MLB's most exciting regular season in 2015.
Hank Aaron Award finalists: NL Central
The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each NL Central team:
- Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo
- Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto
- Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun
- Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen
- St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter
No fear for Jake Arrieta
A Pirates fan took to Twitter to troll the Cubs ace prior to his start against Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game this Wednesday. Arrieta wasn't phased by the fan's comments.
Grantland: The 30 Finale: Throw Your Hands Up Like Max Scherzer and Say Goodbye to the Regular Season
Before the Yankees and Astros square off tomorrow, let's sort through 2015 and take one last look at the good, the bad, and the Scherzer. It's the finale of the 30!
Pirates hold on to home field
Chicago did what it could to make things interesting by winning eight straight, but Pittsburgh's win on Sunday means the Bucs will host the Cubs in the NL wild-card game. The pitching matchup indicates a low-scoring affair. Sunday's Top 5
Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does their style of play work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.
Miami's Dee Gordon edged Washington's Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, one of many season-ending statistical awards solidified Sunday across the majors.
The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched the home field in the NL wild card-game, beating the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday behind J.A. Happ's stellar outing and Pedro Alvarez's long homer.
Pirates to host NL wild-card game
Pedro Alvarez homered in Pittsburgh's shutout victory over Cincinnati, giving the Pirates home-field advantage in Wednesday's NL wild-card game against the Cubs. Box score
Pirates nearing home field
All Pittsburgh needed to do today was win and it would claim home field advantage vs. the Cubs in the NL wild-card game. The Pirates lead the Reds 2-0 in the sixth. Follow live
Sunday's NL playoff picture
The Dodgers and Cardinals can kick up their feet. They are both already guaranteed to host their opponents in the NLDS. The Cubs and Pirates, on the other hand, remain fiercely locked in a battle for home-field advantage in the wild-card game.
NL scenario: wild card No. 1
- Pirates host WC game with win or Cubs loss.
- Cubs host WC game with win and Pirates loss.
Where will the wild card go?
Amazingly, the Cubs' 7-0 run heading into Sunday means they can still host the wild card. Can the Pirates get just one more win to clinch home-field advantage? Don't miss the critical Pirates-Reds and Cubs-Brewers matchups. Five things to watch
A.J. Burnett was outpitched by a rookie in the final regular-season start of his career, and the Cincinnati Reds prevented Pittsburgh from clinching home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game
Home-field for NL wild-card game up in air
With the Cubs winning and the Pirates losing, Chicago trails Pittsburgh by just one game for home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game. Chicago owns the tiebreaker, so if the Cubs win and Pirates lose Sunday, Wednesday's game will be played at Wrigley Field.
Gerrit Cole to start NL wild-card game
The Pirates announced today the RHP will start Wednesday's game vs. the Cubs, who will likely start Cy Young contender Jake Arrieta. Cole went 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts vs. Chicago during the regular season.
Gerrit Cole isn't going to miss the NL wild-card game this time around. The Pirates announced Saturday their All-Star ace will start Wednesday's elimination game against the Chicago Cubs.
Pirates vs Cubs
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