Series Preview: Pirates @ Cubs

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Pittsburgh Pirates (89-67) @ Chicago Cubs (65-91)

September 23, 2013 – 8:05 pm
September 24, 2013 – 8:05 pm
September 25, 2013 – 2:20 pm

Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL

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The Bucs head to the Windy City for their second-to-last series of the regular season. With a magic number of two, they could secure a postseason berth as early as tonight…

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Probable Starters:

Game 1 – Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.35) vs. Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.42)

Game 2 – Gerrit Cole (9-7, 3.23) vs. Chris Rusin (2-5, 3.52)

Game 3 – Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.88) vs. Jake Arrieta (3-2, 3.94)

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Batting Leaders (Among Qualifiers):

Pirates

Cubs

AVG

Andrew McCutchen (.319)

Nate Schierholtz (.252)

HR

Pedro Alvarez (34)

Anthony Rizzo (22)

RBI

Alvarez (94)

Rizzo (77)

SB

Starling Marte (37)

Starlin Castro (9)

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Pitching Leaders (Among Qualifiers):

Pirates

Cubs

Wins

Francisco Liriano (16)

Travis Wood (9)

SO

A.J. Burnett (203)

Jeff Samardzija (203)

ERA

Francisco Liriano (2.88)

Wood (2.98)

Saves

Jason Grilli (31)

Kevin Gregg (32)

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Opponent BlogsBleed Cubbie Blue, Cubbies Crib, The Cub Reporter

Player to WatchMark Melancon, who lost his job as the closer after back-to-back blown saves last week. Mark the Shark has been dominant for the Pirates this year, but hasn’t been as sharp in September: 4.15 ERA, .349 opponent batting average. Hopefully he gets some work against the Cubs and can get back on track.

Go Bucs


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