Pirates @ Cubs – Series Preview (April 27 – April 29, 2015)

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Both the Cubs and Pirates head into a three game series on the Northside with some momentum.  The Cubs are coming off an exciting, rain shortened series in Cincinnati where they took both games, one of which was another come back victory.  After taking the last two games of the series against the Cubs, the Pirates swept the Diamondbacks this weekend and have won their last five games.  It’s a battle for second place as the Cubs (10-7) and the Pirates (11–8) are both two games back of the Cardinals in the Central.

Broadcast Information:

  • Monday, April 27, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – WPWR 50
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Pirates:  Noted Cub killer Neil Walker is apparently not just killing the Cubs lately, he’s scorching hot.  Over his last seven games, the Pirates second baseman is hitting .393 (11-for-28) with five doubles, and five RBI’s.
  • Cubs:  There are a lot of good first basemen in the National League, Anthony Rizzo might be the best.  Over his last seven games, Rizzo is hitting .455 (10-for-22) with two doubles, a dinger, two RBI’s, four walks, and one strikeout.

Who is Not:

  • Pirates:  I’m not sure I want to mention this, because you know it won’t last.  Andrew McCutchen is hitting .143 (3-for-21) over his last seven games with one double, and seven strikeouts.
  • Cubs:  It’s probably not easy to be a 21 year old in the Majors, Addison Russell is proving that.  In his first five games he’s hitting .136 (3-for-22) with two doubles, four RBI’s, and twelve strikeouts.

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Cardinals @ Cubs – Series Preview (April 5 – April 8, 2015)

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The 2015 season is finally here, and the Cubs get a golden opportunity on National television to serve notice that they are a team to be reckoned with in the NL Central.  Sure, I think winning the NL Central in 2015 is a reach, but that doesn’t mean the Cubs can’t make some noise, and turn some heads.  A revamped roster, and a confidence that hasn’t been seen here in the better part of a decade should help the Cubs compete, something they actually did last year when facing the Cardinals.  Despite another down year in 2014 the Cubs finished the season 9-10 against the Cardinals, all things considered that is not that bad seeing as the Red Birds won 90 games and the Central a year ago.  Speaking of things that are new this year…. the video board.

Yes, Wrigley Field is undergoing a massive face lift, and the video board will be on full display Sunday night, it’s extra-mongus, just like the 2015 expectations.  The other thing about the Wrigley construction is that it’s not done yet, and I’m sure ESPN will cover it extensively tonight.  There was a rumored plan to place Ernie Banks memorial tarps over the construction in the bleachers, I wasn’t thrilled about it, but it came out great, looks like it belongs.

Wrigley opening night

Game One (April 5, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – ESPN2)
Adam Wainwright  vs.  Jon Lester

Wainwright:
2014 – (20 – 9, 2.42 ERA)
Career vs. Cubs [36 G/ 27 GS] – (11 – 7, 4.09 ERA)

Lester:
2014 – (16 – 11, 2.46 ERA)
Career vs. Cardinals [1 G / 1 GS] – (0 – 0, 2.45 ERA)

Game Two (April 7, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – WGNTV)
Lance Lynn  vs.  Jake Arrieta

Lynn:
2014 – (15 – 10, 2.74 ERA)
Career vs. Cubs – [11 G / 10 GS] – (6 – 3, 3.18 ERA)

Arrieta:
2014 – (10 – 5, 2.53 ERA)
Career vs. Cardinals – [5 G/ 5 GS] – (2 – 0, 0.92 ERA)

Game Three (April 8, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – ABC 7)
John Lackey  vs.  Jason Hammel

Lackey:
2014 – (14 – 10, 3.82 ERA)
Career vs. Cubs – [3 G / 3 GS] – (1 – 1, 2.70 ERA)

Hammel:
2014 – (10 – 11, 3.47 ERA)
Career vs. Cardinals – [4 G / 4 GS] – (1 – 2, 6.10 ERA)

Prediction:
Cubs win two out of three games, and Jorge Soler does bad things to Cardinals pitching.

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