Something Wild: Bucs, Yinzer Zealots ready for THIS
From the moment the Cardinals bounced the Pirates out of the division race — really, from the moment they took a 6-0 lead in the third inning of that Sept. 30 game — I was thinking and saying, “This is actually a good thing.”
My reasoning: Now the Bucs would have a full week to focus on and gear up for the Wild Card Game and Jake Arrieta. Over-thinking anything is another danger, but at least they won’t have the challenge on having to hit the reset button after a last-day elimination, as last season. And we all know how “settling” for Wild Card status turned out that time.
Even by staying alive with a win in the night portion of that Sept. 30 doubleheader to move within two with three to go, the Bucs weren’t going to catch St. Louis, which would have had a far different weekend in Atlanta had the games mattered. It would’ve been the set-up for another last-day disappointment.
No, thank you.
But in all sincerity, this first step could be the hardest of the entire postseason. So consider how stoked and confident the Bucs will be if they do get past Arrieta.
Can they? They aren’t going to beat him, because the likely Cy Young Award winner has been remarkably consistent. But they could out-pitch him. It might have to be a 1-0 or 2-1 game. Gerrit Cole has that in him.
I’m looking forward to a Blackout, 40,000-strong. The Cubs have the Bleacher Creatures in their Wrigley Field. Pittsburgh can show them a whole park-full of Yinzer Zealots. Let’s see how they deal with it.