The Pirates and Cardinals will play a decisive Game 5 of their National League Divisional Series tonight in St. Louis (8:07 p.m. EST – TBS). Twenty game-winner Adam Wainwright starts for the Cards against rookie flamethrower Gerrit Cole of Pittsburgh.
Among the largest dangers facing Wainwright is Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates MVP-caliber center fielder. McCutchen has been at the heart of Pittsburgh’s emergence from two decades of awful baseball. Even though he couldn’t get the tying run home on Monday, McCutchen will be counted on tonight to help the Bucs advance to the NLCS.
The beautiful woman behind McCutchen? The dazzling Maria Hanslovan. The couple has been dating for roughly two years, well before McCutchen signed his current six-year, $51.5 million deal with the Pirates.
McCutchen once had to defend his lady from rabid Steelers’ fans after the Steel City’s football team was upset at the hands of Tim Tebow and the Broncos in January of 2012. If Cutch can’t come up big tonight against the Cards, Hanslovan might be the one doing the defending.