Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6)
Chicago Cubs (6-5)
Monday, April 20th — 7:05 pm
Tuesday, April 21st — 7:05 pm
Wednesday, April 22nd — 7:05 pm
Thursday, April 23rd — 12:35 pm
PNC Park — Pittsburgh, PA
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Fresh off a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pirates now host the Chicago Cubs to wrap up a long homestand. Most eyes will be on the Penguins-Rangers Stanley Cup playoff series this week, but an intriguing matchup will be taking place across the river at PNC Park. It’s still early, but this four-game set will have an impact on the NL Central standings.
News, Notes, Storylines
– Due to the Pens’ series, the Monday and Wednesday Bucco games will not be televised on ROOT Sports.
– After being hit by a pitch in the chest on Sunday, Jordy Mercer will understandably sit out of Monday night’s contest. Jung-Ho Kang gets the nod at shortstop.
– The Pirates will miss Jon Lester this week, as he pitched on Sunday at Wrigley. A Cole-Lester matchup would have been fun; guess we’ll have to wait a little longer for that.
– Bucs are planning on wearing their new camo alternate jerseys for Thursday home games, so we should be seeing those for the first time this Thursday.
What they’re saying:
“The Cubs have been a favorite Pirates opponent in recent years (they’ve gone 6-14 against the Pirates over the past two seasons, for example). I predict the series will split, two wins each, and the Cubs will win the first and third games of the series.” – BCB
Player to Watch
Kris Bryant… who else? Pittsburgh will get its first look at Chicago’s young phenom, who made his much anticipated big league debut on Friday. Bryant picked up three hits (one double) and three walks in his first 14 plate appearances. Could we see his first MLB homer at PNC…?