#Cubs pre Wild Card game notes
The Cubs and Pirates meet Wednesday night in the Wild Card Game at PNC Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. CT. Here are some pre-game notes to prepare you for the contest, provided by MLB Network researchers:
*This will be the 2,442nd meeting all-time between the Cubs and Pirates dating back to 1887, but it’ll be the first time they’ve ever met in the postseason.
*The Cubs finished the regular season with an eight-game winning streak and 0.61 ERA.
*The Cubs went 11-8 vs. the Pirates this season, including 6-4 at PNC Park.
*This is the Pirates’ third straight postseason appearance, and they are hosting the Wild Card game for the third straight year.
*The Cubs have lost nine straight postseason games, tied for the sixth-longest skid in postseason history. The only longer
active postseason drought belongs to the Twins (12). The last time the Cubs won a postseason game was Game 4 of the 2003 NLCS. Aramis Ramirez, now on the Pirates, hit two home runs for the Cubs in an 8-3 win over the Marlins in that game, including a grand slam. If he’s in the lineup on Wednesday, Ramirez would be playing against the Cubs in what will likely be his final game.
*The Cubs went an MLB-best 48-33 (.593) on the road this season. That’s the most road wins by a Cubs teamm since winning a franchise-record 49 road games in 1945. The Pirates were 53-28 (.654) at PNC Park this season, third best home record in the Majors behind the Cardinals and Dodgers.
*The Cubs won 24 more games this season than a year ago, the biggest improvement from 2014 in all of baseball.
*The Pirates (3.21) and Cubs (3.36) ranked second and third in MLB in ERA this year. Plus, the Pirates 2.67 bullpen ERA was the best in the Majors.