Timing is everything. Chicago dismissed Pittsburgh 4-0 in dramatic fashion in yesterday’s NL wild-card game. Both benches cleared when starter Jake Arietta was hit by a pitch in the seventh, but he regained control and became the first Cub to pitch a complete-game, postseason shutout in 70 years. History isn’t on their side for Friday’s matchup against the Cardinals, who they’ve never met in the playoffs. But, then again, Back to the Future II did predict that 2015 would finally end Chicago’s century-long World Series drought.