wrigley field from right bleachersThe Pirates are a couple games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central, and there are but a week’s worth of games left to play. In this series, the Cubs could close the Pirates out from winning the division (they’ll still pick up a Wild Card slot, but, obviously, anything can happen in a one-game playoff). That’s what is at stake here.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (89-67) at Chicago Cubs (65-91), 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 lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.35 ERA, 3.58 FIP)


Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.42 ERA, 3.80 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Jose Tabata, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Justin Morneau, 1B

5. Marlon Byrd, RF

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Russell Martin, C

8. Jordy Mercer, SS

9. Charlie Morton, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Dioner Navarro, C

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Ryan Sweeney, CF

7. Brian Bogusevic, LF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

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