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Last two NL MVPs to meet in Wild Card Game

Posey-McCutchen matchup marks first meeting of NL award winners since 1992

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates made history last season when they cracked a 21-year playoff drought. This year, they'll help make playoff history for the first time in 22 years.

With the Bucs' Andrew McCutchen (the reigning National League MVP Award winner) squaring off against Buster Posey (the 2012 NL MVP Award winner) of the Giants on Wednesday in the NL Wild Card Game, it will mark the first time two previous NL MVPs squared off in the playoffs since 1992.

The Pirates were also involved 22 years ago as their reigning MVP, Barry Bonds, went up against Terry Pendleton's Braves. Pendleton won the honor in 1991. Atlanta got the best of Bonds and Pittsburgh in a seven-game series, and the Bucs never got back to the postseason until 2013.

In his lone playoff appearance, McCutchen hit .333 with a .842 OPS in six games. Meanwhile, Posey has a .244/.323/.370 slash line in 31 career playoff contests, and he has two World Series rings to his name.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for
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