Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates are riding high from their first postseason victory in 21 years.
And now, after beating the Cincinnati Reds in the wild-card game, the Pirates are set to face another familiar foe in an unfamiliar month: the NL Central champion Cardinals in October.
Game 1 of their division series is Thursday night in St. Louis. The Cardinals edged the Pirates for the division title, with Pittsburgh winning the regular-season series, but they have quite the advantage in postseason experience.
Adam Wainwright has to like this matchup, too. St. Louis' ace is set to start the opener and will be available on regular rest for a possible deciding Game 5 against a team he went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts this season.
Game One will be televised at 4 p.m. (Springfield time) Thursday on TBS. Game Two will follow on Friday starting at noon on MLB Network.
Tuesday, manager Mike Matheny said Edward Mujica made the NLDS roster, but will be a right-hander reliever from the bullpen with Trevor Rosenthal taking over the closer's role.
On a surprising note, former Springfield Cardinal Kolten Wong made the postseason roster with St. Louis leaving veteran starting pitcher Jake Westbrook off for the opening round.