wrigley field from right bleachersThe Wrigley Field finale for the year. Will the old girl look appreciably different when we next meet in 2014? I doubt it. But she’ll still be beautiful.

Jake Arrieta will look to better Chris Rusin’s performance last night, and head into the offseason with a presumptive spot in the 2014 rotation locked up.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (91-67) at Chicago Cubs (65-93), 1:20 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.88 ERA, 2.92 FIP)

versus

Jake Arrieta (4-4, 5.06 ERA, 4.89 FIP (combined))

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Justin Morneau, 1B

5. Garrett Jones, RF

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Tony Sanchez, C

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. Francisco Liriano, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Donnie Murphy, 3B

5. Junior Lake, LF

6. Darnell McDonald, RF

7. Ryan Sweeney, CF

8. J.C. Boscan, C

9. Jake Arrieta, P




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