The Cubs are getting used to this whole spoiler thing as they are coming off series wins against the second place (Pirates) and third place (Cardinals) teams in the Central. The Pirates come to town to kick off the week and they are seeking some revenge as the Cubs took two out of three at PNC park last week. Not many teams can say that as the Pirates boast the best home record in baseball, on the road they are average, hovering right around .500 on the season. It will be very interesting to see how this series plays out as it starts before the trade deadline and ends after it. Both teams might look very different come Wednesday. Let’s take an in-depth look at this series, hope you enjoy the new format.
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Oh how a weekend changes the feeling around a ball club. Coming into last weekend the Cubs were the hottest team in baseball, they are now licking their wounds on their way to Pittsburgh. The Cubs and Pirates open a three game series tonight, and the Pirate have been red-hot as they sit half a game out of first in the Central behind the Reds. The Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 games and are an insane 32-14 at PNC Park, the best home record in all of baseball. The Cubs need to find some offense in this series as they were shut out the last two games in St. Louis against the Cardinals. The Cubs won’t have it much easier at the plate in this series as the Pirates have the 5th best ERA in the National League. Offensively the Pirates are 10th in the National League in runs scored, doesn’t seem good, but when the Cubs last faced the Pirates they were dead last, they are raking. Andrew McCutchen leads the charge for the Pirates as he is hovering around the triple crown right now, if the Cubs want to win this series they will need to find a way to shut down one of the games best. Full preview/breakdown after the jump.
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The losses are just running together at this point, add this one to the pile as the Cubs were never really in this one. Garza came into this game awful on the road, he lived up to those expectations by tossing five horrendous innings. He gave up six runs, five earned while walking only one (bonus!) and striking out six, he gave up three home runs. Rafael Dolis continued his audition for the Iowa Cubs bullpen by giving up two runs on two hits with two walks without retiring a hitter. Before the game Dale Sveum said that Dolis would no longer be the closer, not like we noticed really because when was the last time the Cubs needed a closer? James Russell and Shawn Camp will get opportunities to close games if the situation ever arises again. Once again the Cubs did nothing for the majority of the game with the bats until the game was decided then they went to work. Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI’s, and that was really it. The Cubs were only able to get four runs across the plate on seven hits. They only managed two hits in six inning off of Cy Young candidate Erik Bedard who came into this game at 2-5 on the season. Twelve straight losses, two more to tie the all-tim Cubs record… have to shoot for something right? Full box score and highlights after the jump.
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