PITTSBURGH -- Well, sure, this gets a little old. It has to, doesn't it?
It was little wonder that the Pirates' frustration boiled over during Wednesday night's 4-0 loss to the Cubs in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, with Jake Arrieta in control and another great season nearing a quick end in the postseason. The angry mob that assembled near home plate after Arrieta was hit with a pitch in retaliation for hitting two Bucs players with pitches spoke as much to the looming shift from serious World Series contender to first team out in the NL.
Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.