The biggest game? Yeah, it’s here
Everyone into, or part of, baseball jokes about “today’s game is the biggest … until tomorrow’s,” because a season has so many of them.
But for the Pirates … today’s game IS the biggest.
A combination of things makes the season’s penultimate game against the Cardinals the one wall the Bucs have to knock down to have a shot at the division title:
- Lose once more, and the ’82’ will be towering over you and jumping at you in your sleep. Clint Hurdle said being stuck on 81 isn’t on his players’ minds, because the 20-year non-winning streak just isn’t their bag. Lose once more, and it will be.
- Jeff Locke. A strong return start by the All-Star would be a fantastic final push. He’ll face another ace — Adam Wainwright — who has been going through a lull. The edge in this duel of dulled aces will be huge, going forward.
- A couple of times, the Bucs have been able to fight their way back on top after falling out of first place. I don’t see it happening a third time. Keep it, or forget it.