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Game 152: Pirates at Rockies

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
Pirates take the first two against the Rockies. Game 3 of 4 is tonight.
Probables: Charlie Morton (9-8, 4.26) vs. Christian Bergman (3-0, 3.81)
"Pirates can secure trip to postseason with win
By Chad Thornburg / | + 0 COMMENTS
The Pirates can become the second team to clinch a spot in the postseason on Wednesday with either a win over the Rockies at Coors Field or a Giants loss to the Padres in San Diego.
But a postseason appearance is old news for a Bucs team that has long been poised to make it in three straight years for the first time since winning the National League East in three consecutive seasons from 1990-92. After beating the Rockies, 6-3, on Tuesday, the team didn't even stick around to await the results of San Francisco's game when a loss would have put them in.
"When it's official, it's official," Andrew McCutchen said before leaving Coors Field. "If [the Giants] happen to lose and we clinch tonight, we can celebrate tomorrow. I'd rather go to bed."
The Giants beat the Padres, 4-2, for the record, but their NL Wild Card contention is only mathmatically real.
Though they're on the verge of wrapping up at least a spot in the NL Wild Card Game, the Pirates are still contending for the NL Central pennant. They currently trail the first-place Cardinals by four games and have one final three-game series against them at PNC Park left on the schedule. Not that the Bucs are looking ahead.
"Our guys have great presence. We're in the moment," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We do what we got to do today. We're not looking at yesterday. We're not looking at the team behind us. We're not looking at tomorrow or the team in front of us. We need to take care of our game."
The Pirates hold a two-game edge over the Cubs for home-field advantage in a potential NL Wild Card Game.
Things to know about Wednesday's game
Charlie Morton will try for his 10th win, which would match his career-best mark set in 2011. The veteran right-hander struggled in his last attempt to reach double-digit victories, surrendering six runs (five earned) in four innings against the Cubs last week.
• For the Rockies, Christian Bergman is slated to take the mound, making a spot-start in place of Jorge De La Rosa. Bergman has made one other start this season, a no-decision vs. the Giants on April 14. He tossed four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while fanning four batters.
• Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado avoided an injury scare Tuesday. He hit his head on the infield dirt while attempting to make a diving play but later passed concussion tests. His status for Wednesday's game is unknown as he's expected to be checked again in the morning.
• The Pirates are 25-6 against the NL West this year, including 4-1 against Colorado.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs."

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