(Photo: Reuters/John Sommers II)
The Pittsburgh Pirates will face off against the St Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the NLDS, in what will be a winner takes all match up with the best of five series currently all-square at 2-2.
The game will start at 8.07 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Tonight's decisive match up will pit rookie against veteran as Gerrit Cole and Adam Wainwright face off to see who can better hold their nerve in what is sure to be a tense encounter between two very evenly-matched teams. The prize at stake today is a place in the NL Championship Series, and potentially the dream of making this year's World Series. Neither team will want to be going home tonight, and will be desperate to progress and extend their postseason's further.
The Cardinals will be delighted to have made it to Game 5, with rookie Michael Wacha putting in an amazing performance in Game 4 to help St Louis level the series at 2-2. They will have their tails up today and will hope they can carry momentum into this game to complete the dramatic turn around and snatch the series win away from the Pirates.
For the Cardinals tonight, Adam Wainwright will take the mound. The 32-year-old is very much the veteran in the team's young rotation and St Louis will be hoping that his experience can help the team get through a tense battle tonight.
Wainwright of course pitched Game 1 of this series, and did very well to hold the Pirates to just one run on three hits over the seven innings he featured. In that game he also struck out nine Pittsburgh batters. Pedro Alvarez was the only player to cause any kind of damage, hitting a solo home run off Wainwright. Through the regular season, Wainwright had a 2.94 ERA over 34 starts, and he led the league in innings pitched.
Meanwhile, rookie Gerrit Cole will take the mound for the Pirates. The 22 year old pitched six innings of two-hit ball in Game 2, striking out five and allowing Yadier Molina to score on a home run. Through the regular season he started 19 times and recorded a 3.22 ERA.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS takes place from 8.07 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the TBS network or online through free live stream by clicking here.