The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night after clinching the top wild card spot in the National League this weekend. The two teams will finish up their three-game series, and the regular season, in Cincinnati on Sunday before heading to PNC Park two days later.
The Pirates beat the Reds 8-3 on Saturday in Cincinnati and are now three games ahead of the Reds with one game to left to play in the regular season.
With the St. Louis Cardinals clinching the NL Central title Friday with a win over the Chicago Cubs, the other two playoff-bound teams from the division will now face each other. A projected pitching matchup of Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto against Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano should make Tuesday's game especially exciting.
While the Reds could've forced the one-game playoff to stay in Cincinnati with a sweep of the Pirates this weekend, that quickly become a non-option with Friday's loss. Now the team will need Cueto and company to step up on the road and deliver the biggest win of the year.
An official start time for the game has not been announced yet.