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The stakes for the Pirates are clear tonight: another series loss to the Cubs, a mere .500 record, and a season in the toilet (as far as the playoffs are concerned).

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (73-72) at Chicago Cubs (58-88), 7:05 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Kevin Correia (10-9, 4.29 ERA, 4.61 FIP)

versus

Travis Wood (6-11, 4.23 ERA, 4.98 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Jose Tabata, RF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

6. Michael McKenry, C

7.  Clint Barmes, SS

8. Brock Holt, 2B

9. Kevin Correia, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Mysterious4th

    The pirates seem to fall off at the end of the season. Its like they become too tired. They do great thru the all-star break and once mid/late august hits they commit playoff suicide!

    • MichCubFan

      Or do they just start off very hot and regress back to the team they actually are in the second half?

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    The game isn’t going to start on time, by the way.

    • fortyonenorth

      Do you think the game will get played at all?

  • Fastball

    They don’t have the bench to get them through a long season. they are getting better and will continue to get better they have done well drafting except fir this years 1st pick.

    • Drew7

      For not picking outside of the top-4 since 2006 (save this year at #8, which hasnt yielded them anything), they really havent drafted all that well, actually.

  • Dustin S

    Looks like there are about 200 people at the game because of the very late start. A big Cubs fan gold star to the hardcore fans that stuck this one out knowing they’ll get home at 3am on a work night if lucky.

    Also as a side note, if the Cubs don’t win it in a year I’d love to see Pittsburgh or Oakland in it (or KC in a different year). Hard to not pull for the low budget underdog teams.

  • Ben (BG2383)

    Pittsburgh’s collapse this year kind of made me sad. I really dislike all the teams vying for that last wildcard excluding Pitt

  • Josh

    Wow late game tonight.

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