Originally Posted by PutPeteIn
There is actually more to be optimistic about than one thinks:
1. Liriano's ERA is over 5 in September. By far his worst month of the season.
2. Cueto's mastery at PNC and his very well rested arm.
3. Pirates haven't beat Reds four straight since 1991.
4. Reds postseason experience v. Pirates inexperience.
I wouldn't put a lot of stock in the month of September stat, mainly because its playoff time. it is a whole new feeling and way you go about the game. I do think Cueto will be locked in and pitch a pretty good game. Number three is good to know but doesn't amount to much IMO. I give you number 4 because I do think that plays a factor. Pirates are now starting like we started out (all giddy with making the playoffs) and the pressure is much higher for them.