The MLB postseason officially kicks off Tuesday night in Pittsburgh as the Pirates host the Reds in the National League Wild Card game.

The Buccos have captivated the baseball world through not only their first winning season since 1992, but also their first postseason appearance in two decades. Not to mention, something you ought to be particularly excited to see tonight: The first playoff game played in beautiful PNC Park since it opened in 2001.

Over on MLB Network Radio, Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden previewed the matchup on Inside Pitch and Power Alley. Duquette talked about the momentum that Clint Hurdle’s team carries with them into the postseason.

[The Pirates] did what they needed to do, which was go into Cincinnati and take not two — they took all three. Now they put Cincinnati on their heels a little bit. I understand and we’ll see, the momentum is today’s starting pitcher and I’m not counting Cincinnati out, but this is not the way you wanted to go into the postseason.

Bowden discussed what a playoff appearance means to the city of Pittsburgh.

Pirates fans have taken over the city. There’s more Pirates gear than Steelers gear right now. This is a great story for a city that has had to [endure] so much losing — for two decades. I mean, we’ve got children under the age of 20 in Pittsburgh that have never seen a winning year let alone the postseason and they’re going to get to experience it for the first time.

MLB Network Radio will have comprehensive coverage of the 2013 postseason through the last out of the World Series on Sirius channel 209 and XM channel 89.

Johnny Cueto (5-2, 2.82 ERA) faces off against Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02 ERA) in this sudden death, win-or-go home Wild Card play-in game. You can listen to the Pirates feed tonight at 8 pm ET on Mad Dog Sports Radio, SiriusXM channel 86, and the Reds feed on MLB Network Radio.

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