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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…

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)

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)

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)

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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  1. Jo on September 23, 2013

    They’re done. To the sofas. Here’s the real question — who will we root for, the Cards, Reds, or Nats? :D :) ={D 8D

    • Mbahmouta on September 23, 2013

      im rootin for da reds, like da red meet. but no nats.! they wont get off my kill.!

      • Jo on September 23, 2013

        Hey Mbah, what does a Pirate do when he watches a Pirate’s game? =}

        • Mbahmouta on September 23, 2013

          walks hisself off da plank. hopefully its a pinch hitter.!

          • Jo on September 23, 2013

            Ding ding ding! :D

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