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Cubs @ Pirates – Series Preview (August 16-19): TV and Game Info, Scheduled Starters, Insights

The previous series against the Brewers was a perfect microcosm of the entire 2018 campaign so far for the Cubs. After dropping the first game in blowout fashion to the Brewers, the Cubs came back and powered their way to a decisive victory to split the series They leave Chicago with a three-game lead over the beer craftsmen in the NL Central and currently sport a very nice 69-50 record.

Their first destination on this six-game road trip is Pittsburgh, where they will play four games against the Pirates at PNC Park. In the 12 games since the Cubs last played against this team, the Buccos have gone 5-7 against the Cardinals, Rockies, Giants, and Twins.

The Pirates’ scheduled starters have been pretty dominant against the Cubs this year. Ivan Nova has won both of his games against Chicago, sporting a 2.84 ERA and limiting the Cubs to a .671 OPS. Trevor Williams (6 IP, 1.50 ERA), Joe Musgrove (7 IP; 1.29 ERA), and Jameson Taillon (6.2 IP; 4.05 ERA) beat the Cubs in their only starts against Chicago this year, though the latter did allow the Cubs to pound him a little.

The Pirates’ bats have not been too great this year, …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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