Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Pirates (5:35 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

I don’t know what’s crazier, the fact that the Cubs still have an 8.0 game lead over the Pirates in the reverse standings or the fact that the Cubs only have an 8.0 game lead over the Pirates in the reverse standings.

In fact, with their win over the Cubs last night, the Pirates just past the Cubs in the second-half standings.

Kyle Hendricks is on the mound for the Cubs tonight, coming off an improved outing against the Twins, albeit one that still leaves plenty to be desired: 5.2 IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2HR, 0BB, 3Ks. The Twins have some thump, but they’re still not a great team and Hendricks has been on a slide for a good long time now. Hopefully, he can carve his way through the Pirates lineup tonight in what could be his final start of 2021. But don’t forget … they’ve pretty much crushed him this season.

Are the Cubs about to lose eight games in a row? Again?

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (67-90) at Pittsburgh Pirates (59-98) – Wednesday, September 29th at 5:35 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Pirates: Roansy Contreras (R)

versus

Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (R)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

1. Rafael Ortega, CF
2. Frank Schwindel, 1B
3. Willson Contreras, C
4. Ian Happ, LF
5. Matt Duffy, 3B
6. Nick Martini, RF
7. David Bote, 2B
8. Sergio Alcantara, SS
9. Kyle Hendricks, P

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Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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