Pittsburgh still has an outside chance at winning the NL Central, as they came into Sunday 3 1/2 games back of the Cardinals. They also trailed the Giants by one game for the top Wild Card spot, which would allow them to host the one-game playoff. The Pirates just need to catch San Francisco in the standings, as they hold the tiebreaker after winning the season series.
With all that in mind, Huntington said the team will think about saving a given starter based on how many regular-season games left on the schedule can have an impact on the Pirates' postseason fate.
"We worked through a number of different options and we're fortunate that we have a handful of guys that we feel very comfortable with the ball in their hand in what arguably will be the most important game of the year," Huntington said. "We've got any number of scenarios ready to go, depending on how the rest of the season plays out."
The NL Wild Card Game is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 1, meaning a pitcher would have to last throw on Friday to enter on regular rest.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.