Argh Mateys. This be Cap’n Hank Bloodbeard and for the first time in a long, long time the Pirates be ready to pillage and plunder the Senior Circuit. If’n it helps ye hate on the scurvy Reds remember they be the team o’ Pete Rose, a cut throat player who turned out to be so corrupt a Cap’n he’d bet agin’ his own side.
No Hall for you. Ever.
They be puttin’ up Francisco Liriano (16 – 8, 3.02 ERA L) who be vulnerable. Liriano went 0-3 in four starts against the Reds this season though lack of run support be a significant factor. But this be his home field, 8 – 1 with a 1.47 ERA in 11 starts at PNC Park. And the Pirates keelhauled Cincinnati on the final weekend of the season.
The Pirates be in the playoffs for the first time in 21 years. They have 20 straight losing seasons, longest among the four major professional sports. The Pirates went 50-31 at PNC Park this season 5 – 4 against the Reds.
The Reds be in the playoffs it for the third time in four years and are 13 – 7 against the Pirates in the postseason. They also took two of three at PNC Park in their last series there Sept. 20 – 22.
And ye think this not be a grudge match between ’em they plunked 28 batsmen this season.
The format o’ the game be rightly called… Sudden Death.