Russell Martin's Two Home Runs Help Pirates Advance to NLDS Against Cardinals

By Dan Parzych
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At this point in the postseason, how could anyone not be rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the World Series?

After finally breaking their playoff drought with a spot in the postseason, the Pirates came through in the NL Wild-Card game with a thrilling 6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds to advance to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Thanks to solid pitching by Francisco Liriano (five strikeouts and one earned run in seven innings) and two home runs by Russell Martin to go along with a disappointing performance by Johnny Cueto, Pittsburgh has a chance to prove they belong in the postseason and make a run at representing the National League in this year’s World Series.

Over the last couple of years, the Pirates had looked like contenders at some points during the regular season, but they just couldn’t seem to get over the hump until this year when they finally finished with a winning record and earned a spot in the playoffs. If there’s anything to take away from Tuesday’s game against the Reds, it would be this Pittsburgh squad has the rotation and offense to give the rest of the National League a run for their money in the postseason and it will certainly be interesting to see how the series plays out against St. Louis. 

Pirates fans have been waiting a long time to see their team win a playoff game considering it hasn’t happened since 1992 and after Tuesday’s big win against Cincinnati–keep an eye on this team over the next couple of weeks.

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