wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs will try to avoid the sweep today behind Edwin Jackson. He’s gotta have a great start at some point, right?

Today’s Stats Sunday writer for the WGN broadcast is none other than Sahadev Sharma – who is everywhere lately – and you can see his thoughts on the stolen base at WGNtv.com.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (37-25) at Chicago Cubs (24-35), 1:20 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jeff Locke (5-1, 2.45 ERA, 3.93 FIP)


Edwin Jackson (1-8, 6.29 ERA, 3.65 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Travis Snider, RF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, 1B

5. Russell Martin, C

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Neil Walker, 2B

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. Jeff Locke, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Darwin Barney, 2B

2. Cody Ransom, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Scott Hairston, RF

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Starlin Castro, SS

8. Ryan Sweeney, CF

9. Edwin Jackson, P

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  • Idaho Razorback

    C’mon Edwin. Pitch your best game of the season today.

  • Die hard

    So Castro playing or do Cubs have another player named Castro?

  • Jason P

    This lineup is a sad, sad collection of non-talent.

  • DaveY

    There goes the no hitter. I thought Locke might pull an Andy Hawkins. He threw a no hitter but gave up 4 unearned runs for a loss.

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  • wvcubsfan

    I think that probably qualifies as Jackson’s best start this season; at least that didn’t get rained out.

  • Bric

    Wow, a fat bastard named Zagursky repeatedly grabbing his junk on the mound just screams Pittsburgh Pirates. Well done sir!

  • arta

    where does this kid Cody Ransom stand as far as tools? he seems to have some pop.

    • ssckelley

      Write in candidate for the all star game!

    • Rich H

      Ransom is far from a kid. He is a wrong side of 35 back up infielder with no upside. You get what you get.

  • RY

    Hey dimwit Dale, please give Castro a day off before he has no confidence at all left. God does it take a rocket scientist to see that he needs some change?

  • hansman1982

    Wow, Jackson with an absolute gem today, Cubs scored well despite 1-5 wRISP, Marmol with a perfect inning.

    What in the hell are the boo birds gonna complain about today?

    • MichiganGoat

      Castro, Rizzo and why it’s Sveum’s fault… DUH

    • Rich H

      How Ransom should play more and Barney should be our short stop with Valbuena as our 2nd baseman. Sweeny should play over DeJesus and Sorianno. Why Borbon doesn’t start so we can see what he still brings? Did I miss anything? Oh Yeah BELLY FIRE!