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Pirates, Cardinals knotted at 2

What started as a dream turned into an almost nightmare for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who went from possible National League Division Series winners to near no-hit victims thanks to the exploits of Michael Wacha on Monday. In the end Wacha again couldn't close the hitless deal -- it lasted 7 1/3 innings -- but his St. Louis Cardinals still won 2-1, tying the series at two with a trip to the Heartland coming Wednesday. Can the Pirates bounce back? What about that other NLDS?

  • Which team will win the Pirates-Cardinals NLDS (tied 2-2)?

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  • How much will losing Game 4 at home affect the Pirates mentally in Game 5?

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  • How far will the Pirates go this season?

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  • Michael Wacha has taken a no-hitter deep into two straight games. Will he ever throw a no-hitter?

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  • Are you rooting for the Pirates to win the World Series?

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  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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Cardinals thrash Pirates in Game 1

That warm feeling emanating from Pittsburgh, following the Pirates' big wild-card win over the Cincinnati Reds? Cooled. That'll happen when you allow the St. Louis Cardinals to score seven runs in the third inning, en route to a 9-1 loss in Game 1 of their National League Division Series showdown. Will the Pirates be able to recover?

  • Will the Pirates recover mentally from their 9-1 loss to the Cardinals in Game 1?

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  • Who is more to blame for the Pirates allowing seven runs in the third inning of Game 1?

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  • Which team will win the Pirates-Cardinals series?

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  • How will the Pirates-Cardinals series be decided?

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  • Are you rooting for the Pirates to win the World Series?

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  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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Despite their recent history of ineptitude -- dramatically swept away this season with their run to the playoffs -- the Pirates have a storied history, with several Hall of Famers being among the game's most recognizable names. They might add another one from their current roster if Andrew McCutchen keeps up his stellar play. Can you name the Pirates in the Hall of Fame?

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Cardinals thrash Pirates in Game 1

That warm feeling emanating from Pittsburgh, following the Pirates' big wild-card win over the Cincinnati Reds? Cooled. That'll happen when you allow the St. Louis Cardinals to score seven runs in the third inning, en route to a 9-1 loss in Game 1 of their National League Division Series showdown. Will the Pirates be able to recover?

  • Will the Pirates recover mentally from their 9-1 loss to the Cardinals in Game 1?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 10,754)

  • Who is more to blame for the Pirates allowing seven runs in the third inning of Game 1?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 9,945)

  • Which team will win the Pirates-Cardinals series?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 189,274)

  • How will the Pirates-Cardinals series be decided?

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  • Are you rooting for the Pirates to win the World Series?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 216,269)

  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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How will MLB playoffs play out?

The division series are set, with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays earning best-of-five shots at the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, respectively. Meanwhile, we'll see two meetings between division winners -- Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's vs. Detroit Tigers. How will it all play out?

  • Which team will win the Tigers-Athletics series?

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  • Which team will win the Rays-Red Sox series?

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  • Which team will win the Dodgers-Braves series?

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  • Which team will win the Pirates-Cardinals series?

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  • Which will be the best series?

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  • Which team will win the American League pennant?

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  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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