September 7 – 9, 2012; @ Pirates – Series Preview

Let’s hope the Cubs have some fire left over from yesterday as they could use some of that on the field this weekend against the Pirates.  The season is becoming historically bad, and facing another contender on the road is not going to make it any better.  The Cubs come into this series losers of six straight with only two wins in their last ten games.  Anthony Rizzo is one guy that has been earning his paycheck of late as he is hitting .423, with a double, three home runs and three RBI’s in his last seven games.  The pitching staff on the other hand should give their money back to the organization.  The Cubs staff has a record of 0-6 with a 7.20 ERA, such is life in September with a bunch of guys basically trying out for next season.  The Pirates have been mediocre as of late as they try to summon the energy for one final push for the postseason, they trail both Atlanta and St. Louis in the race for the Wild Card by 1.5 games.

Friday September 7, 2012
Cubs:Travis Wood (4-11, 4.64 ERA)
Pittsburgh: A.J. Burnett (15-5, 3.63 ERA)

Saturday September 8, 2012
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (8-13, 3.91 ERA)
Pittsburgh: James McDonald (12-7, 3.90 ERA)

Sunday September 9, 2012
Cubs: Chris Rusin (0-2, 9.00 ERA)
Pittsburgh: Jeff Locke (0-1, 4.82 ERA)

Season Series:  Pirates lead 6-3

Prediction:  Cubs Win Series 2-1, how do you like those apples?

Thanks for reading,
– George


Dempster Solid, But Cubs Fall Short of Sweep


Another low scoring game between the Cubs and Pirates ended with the Pirates hanging on for a 3-2 victory to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Cubs.  Ryan Dempster started for the Cubs, and I can’t disagree with that anymore given everything swirling around Dempster right now.  The good news I guess is that Dempster was really good despite being tagged with his 5th loss of the season.  Dempster allowed three runs over six innings of work on five hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out six.  Leading 2-1 in the fifth thanks to a Anthony Rizzo solo home run, and an RBI single, Dempster couldn’t hold the lead.  He allowed a solo home run in the fifth inning to Michael Mckenry to tie the game, and gave up the lead in the 6th inning on a two out RBI double by Garrett Jones.  Dempster was visibly upset in the dugout after the inning, and took his frustration out on a Gatorade cooler.  It was nothing really, he just pushed it and threw a cup against the wall, he was later seen apologizing to the Gatorade cooler and asking it if Atlanta was a nice place, wait that’s not right, moving on.  The Cubs couldn’t get anything going the rest of the way as the Pirates pen shut the offense down.  Still a solid series for the Cubs as they take two out of three from the Bucco’s, full box score and highlights after the jump.

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