Jim Ross said it best "This matchup tonight is set to be a good old-fashioned slobber knocker!"
The Cubs are set to battle the Pirates in a one game series. The winner advances to the next round of the playoffs. For these two franchises, this is one of the bigger games they have played in quite some time.
There is a lot of good and bad that comes with the one game playoff series.
The Good: it gives a Game 7 feel to the first day of the National League playoffs.
The bad: This is why the playoff system someday might be changed, because the second- or third-best team in the major leagues will go home after one game while teams with inferior records will get to play on.
Tonight we will see a matchup of strong pitchers, as Pittsburgh Ace Gerrit Cole matches up against Cy Young hopeful Jake Arrieta.
The Cubs boast a vicious young offense that can hurt you in a variety of ways. Pitcher Jake Arrieta has also been one of the best, if not the best player in baseball in the 2nd half of the season. He has been unstoppable.
The Pirates have also emerged as one of the best teams in baseball this year due to stellar play from outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. These guys can hit the ball all over the field. When they get guys in front of them on base, they make plays.