PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — If the Pirates are good enough these last couple weeks to forgo that dreaded pigtail game in the National League playoffs, it’s quite clear Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett, in an order yet to be determined, would get the nod to open the NLDS. But should rookie Gerrit Cole, instead of working from the bullpen, be given the chance to follow?
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — As their bats came back to life, the Pirates (67-44) were able to reclaim first place in the NL Central during their ongoing homestand. Still, there are oceans of room for offensive improvement, and will that affect their playoff push at all?