By: Colin Dunlap

Pressure on the Pirates?

Save it.

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There is zero, nada, zilch.

When that first pitch is thrown in the deciding Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Pirates and Cardinals on Wednesday night inside Busch Stadium, there won’t be one iota of pressure on the visiting team or rookie starter Gerrit Cole.

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Certainly the Pirates have us all wrapped up in Buctober and the crowd at PNC Park has been able to perform their own brand of black magic on the opposition at times during this season — and especially at times in the playoffs — but don’t let it muddy the waters for the real story in all of this: the Pirates remain a band of overachievers.

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