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98-64, 2nd in NL Cent
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12hDavid Schoenfield

My hypothetical awards selections

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.

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

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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.

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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.

16hBen Lindbergh

Grantland: Crowning the Most Exciting Team of the 2015 MLB Regular Season

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.

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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

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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.

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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

Wild-card games set to start postseason drama (1:54)
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1dDavid Schoenfield

Schoenfield: The Ultimate October Blueprint

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.

Pirates top Reds to clinch home-field advantage in wild card (0:56)

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

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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.

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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

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.

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Pirates ace Cole to start wild-card game vs. Cubs

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.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2609th
On Base Percentage.3239th
Slugging Percentage.39621st
Earned Run Average3.212nd
Quality Starts926th

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