Two teams—the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates—will enter PNC Park in the National League Wild Card Game on Tuesday. One team will leave with its World Series aspirations still intact, while the other will be left to deal with the death of those very dreams.
While the Pirates held an 11-8 advantage over their division rivals during the regular season, they've outscored the Reds by a total of three runs in those 19 games. When these two teams meet, every pitch and every at-bat is a crucial one.
With the action quickly approaching, let's take a look at the keys for each team finding success and living to fight another day.
*Don't fret if you can't be in front of a television set on Tuesday night starting at 8:07, as you can still catch all of the action live as it unfolds, for free, courtesy of our friends at TBS, who will be streaming all of the action online. Click here to watch what promises to be an exciting and memorable night of MLB action.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.