The Chicago Cubs travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates Wednesday night for the NL Wild Card game.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has led his team to the postseason in his first year as manager and the team makes its first postseason appearance since 2008. On the other hand, the Pirates made it to the Wild Card game last year but fell short against the San Francisco Giants.
This game will be quite a match up on the mound between Chicago’s Jake Arrieta and the Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole.
Arrieta was named NL Pitcher of the month for October and has held the same honor for the past months of September and August as well. For the Cubs this season, Arrieta is 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA.
As for the Pirates, Cole is 19-8, 2.60 ERA, and 202 strikeouts this season. The Pirates have gone 8-1 in Cole’s total of nine career starts against the Cubs.
With a win on Wednesday, one of these two teams will move on to the NLDS to face the St. Louis Cardinals. The game starts Wednesday at 8pm on TBS.