Buctober is Back

Pirates look to advance in playoffs against the Cubs, Arrieta


Noah D'Angelo

Junior Joe Padula is one B-A student ready for tonight’s Wild Card and the start of another Buctober.

Noah D'Angelo, Sports Writer

With the leaves falling and changing colors, the scent of Buctober hangs in the air. With the second best record in the whole entire MLB, it may seem unfair that the whole season comes down to just one game. But that’s what happens when you have the strongest division in baseball year after year.

The top three records in the majors all hail from the NL Central. The Cardinals took the top spot with a record of 100-62. The Bucs had a chance to catch the Cards several times, but they couldn’t capitalize, finishing two games back. The Pirates had a must-win game on Sunday to clinch home-field advantage for the Wild Card game against the Chicago Cubs, who finished just one game behind. The Cubs who last year finished dead last in the division, made a complete turnaround finishing 97-65.

The NL Wild Card game will take place tonight at PNC Park at 8 P.M. The game is surely looking to be a pitcher’s duel with the Pirates’ ace, Gerrit Cole, facing off against the feared Jake Arrieta.

Arrieta finished the season 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and is a sure-fire to win the NL Cy Young Award for best pitcher in the NL. The Pirates lost to the Cubs at the hands of Arrieta multiple times this season but are poised to get the win when it actually matters, in playoffs.

The game is shaping up to be a great one even if you’re not a Bucco fan. Put on your Pirates’ apparel and tune into ESPN at 8 P.M. tonight! Let’s make Buctober a month to remember!