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MLB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 5/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
CHICAGO CUBS  JACKSON )
 
PITTSBURGH  GOMEZ )
+1.5  -175

-1.5  +155
+120

-130

7.5ov
 
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Final
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CHICAGO CUBS (18 - 27) at PITTSBURGH (28 - 18)
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Thursday, 5/23/2013 12:35 PM
EDWIN JACKSON (R) vs. JEANMAR GOMEZ (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
901CHICAGO CUBS+125Ov 8,+100+120Ov 7.5,-120
902PITTSBURGH-135Un 8,-120-130Un 7.5,+100
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games18-27-7.221-243.90.2470.2934.00.2310.300
Road Games8-13-2.67-142.90.2180.2553.40.2040.279
vs Right-handed Starters14-17-217-144.50.2610.3114.10.2270.295
Past 7 Games2-5-3.84-33.90.2370.2653.90.2570.302
Grass Games18-27-7.221-243.90.2470.2934.00.2310.300
Day Games7-15-6.710-123.80.2430.2914.10.2310.305
Division5-13-79-93.00.2190.2643.80.2200.307
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games3.90.2470.293451529378153480.031691003313028638374033
Road Games2.90.2180.2552171715655180.0357361701412714161519
Righty Starters4.50.2610.311311067278116360.03133782241820428272826
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games4.351.38111860571141449976-710952.6%
Road Games3.311.25254.3202046622423-37463.6%

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games28-18+12.621-244.00.2420.3013.50.2250.300
Home Games17-9+6.98-173.70.2430.3012.90.2010.275
vs Right-handed Starters23-12+14.216-184.20.2480.3073.50.2230.297
Past 7 Games6-1+3.42-43.40.2250.2872.00.2050.269
Grass Games28-18+12.621-244.00.2420.3013.50.2250.300
Day Games9-7+510-64.30.2510.3093.70.2110.297
Division13-7+6.910-94.50.2540.3164.00.2280.296
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.00.2420.301461519368129470.031751273462531033294240
Home Games3.70.2430.3012684120477210.0291701781617619172121
Righty Starters4.20.2480.307351148285101370.03140982611923324243331
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games2.781.1421625050124146115710-620580%
Home Games2.061.05487.3202058534915-311378.6%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
CHICAGO CUBS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/10/2013SAMARDZIJA(R)@ WASHINGTONDETWILER(L)3-7L1207.5 unO1071930
5/11/2013JACKSON(R)@ WASHINGTONSTRASBURG(R)8-2W1877 unO1260662
5/12/2013FELDMAN(R)@ WASHINGTONGONZALEZ(L)2-1W1607.5 unU761581
5/13/2013WOOD(L)COLORADONICASIO(R)9-1W-1208 unO1460330
5/14/2013VILLANUEVA(R)COLORADOFRANCIS(L)4-9L-11510.5 unO7701772
5/15/2013SAMARDZIJA(R)COLORADOGARLAND(R)6-3W-1357.5 ovO951750
5/17/2013JACKSON(R)NY METSHARVEY(R)2-3L+1307 ovU632851
5/18/2013FELDMAN(R)NY METSHEFNER(R)8-2W-1308.5 unO1161971
5/19/2013WOOD(L)NY METSGEE(R)3-4L-1609 evU850730
5/21/2013GARZA(R)@ PITTSBURGHRODRIGUEZ(L)4-5L1357.5 unO1181890
5/22/2013SAMARDZIJA(R)@ PITTSBURGHLIRIANO(L)0-1L1257.5 unU481352
5/23/2013JACKSON(R)@ PITTSBURGHGOMEZ(R) 
5/24/2013FELDMAN(R)@ CINCINNATIARROYO(R) 
5/25/2013WOOD(L)@ CINCINNATIBAILEY(R) 
5/26/2013GARZA(R)@ CINCINNATICUETO(R) 
5/27/2013SAMARDZIJA(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXQUINTANA(L) 
5/28/2013JACKSON(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXSALE(L) 
5/29/2013FELDMAN(R)CHI WHITE SOX  
5/30/2013 CHI WHITE SOX  

PITTSBURGH - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/9/2013LOCKE(L)@ NY METSGEE(R)2-3L1108 ovU8100870
5/10/2013RODRIGUEZ(L)@ NY METSMARCUM(R)7-3W-1107.5 evO12601071
5/11/2013LIRIANO(L)@ NY METSNIESE(L)11-2W1057.5 unO1670780
5/12/2013GOMEZ(R)@ NY METSHARVEY(R)3-2W1907 unU790461
5/13/2013BURNETT(R)MILWAUKEEESTRADA(R)1-5L-1507 unU443960
5/14/2013LOCKE(L)MILWAUKEELOHSE(R)4-3W+1157.5 evU101101190
5/15/2013RODRIGUEZ(L)MILWAUKEEGALLARDO(R)3-1W-1058 ovU460651
5/16/2013LIRIANO(L)MILWAUKEEBURGOS(R)7-1W-1458 ovP1391681
5/17/2013GOMEZ(R)HOUSTONLYLES(R)5-4W-1858.5 ovO10112763
5/18/2013BURNETT(R)HOUSTONBEDARD(L)2-4L-2557.5 unU9901080
5/19/2013LOCKE(L)HOUSTONHARRELL(R)1-0W-1708.5 unU430330
5/21/2013RODRIGUEZ(L)CHICAGO CUBSGARZA(R)5-4W-1457.5 unO8901181
5/22/2013LIRIANO(L)CHICAGO CUBSSAMARDZIJA(R)1-0W-1357.5 unU352481
5/23/2013GOMEZ(R)CHICAGO CUBSJACKSON(R) 
5/24/2013BURNETT(R)@ MILWAUKEEESTRADA(R) 
5/25/2013LOCKE(L)@ MILWAUKEEFIERS(R) 
5/26/2013RODRIGUEZ(L)@ MILWAUKEEGALLARDO(R) 
5/27/2013LIRIANO(L)@ DETROITVERLANDER(R) 
5/28/2013GOMEZ(R)@ DETROITPORCELLO(R) 
5/29/2013BURNETT(R)DETROITSANCHEZ(R) 
5/30/2013 DETROIT  
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Cubs-Pirates Preview* ======================

By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer

Chicago (18-25) at Pittsburgh (26-18), 7:05 p.m. EDT

Pitching has been vital to the Pittsburgh Pirates' recent surge, but improvement from the offense may be more important to beating Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija for the first time.

Francisco Liriano will try to keep the Pirates cruising on the mound as they attempt to finally solve Samardzija on Wednesday night.

Pittsburgh is 9-2 over its last 11 games thanks in large part to a 2.34 ERA while limiting opponents to a .223 average.

The offense is also showing signs of improvement, batting .255 over that span - 10 points higher than the team's season mark.

A big at-bat kept the Pirates (27-18) surging in the opener of this three-game series Tuesday. Travis Snider connected for a pinch-hit grand slam during a five-run sixth inning to power a 5-4 win.

Pittsburgh won for the fourth time in 11 meetings with the Cubs, batting .206 and averaging 3.7 runs over that stretch.

Part of those troubles have come against Samardzija (2-5, 3.49 ERA), who has dominated the Pirates - especially at PNC Park.

The right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in 14 games - three starts - against them. All of the wins - including the three starts - have come in his last four visits to Pittsburgh, compiling a 0.69 ERA.

Samardzija was superb there on opening day, striking out nine and allowing two hits in eight shutout innings of a 3-1 win April 1. However, he hadn't won again until last Wednesday, when he allowed two runs in eight innings of a 6-3 victory over Colorado.

He helped himself with a two-run homer in the second.

"He's a velocity guy who can get carried away with trying to blow people away," manager Dale Sveum told the team's official website. "He's learning the hard way and understanding, 'I still better locate my fastball.' He's going to give up the hanging split (sometimes) - that's just the way that goes with a power split, you're not going to throw every one of them to the earth, you are going to hang them sometime.

"That game against Pittsburgh on opening day, he pitched inside incredibly, and we have to get back to pitching to both sides of the plate and not letting guys get comfortable."

Location has been key for Liriano, who has gone 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his first two starts with the Pirates after opening the season on the disabled list while recovering from a broken right arm.

The left-hander's latest effort included seven strikeouts while yielding one run in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-1 victory over Milwaukee in his home debut Thursday.

"I just try to stay calm, not try to do too much, hit my spot and just focus on location," Liriano said. "Pitching is all about location. I'm locating my fastball a lot better and my slider is working for me so far."

Liriano suffered an 8-2 defeat with Minnesota in his only start against the Cubs on June 10, 2012. He gave up four runs and three walks while striking out six in 5 2-3 innings.

Andrew McCutchen had one of the hits off Samardzija on opening day, but he's 2 for 8 with five strikeouts against him dating to last year.

The star center fielder went 0 for 4 in the series opener after missing a game with knee soreness. He was 7 for 14 with five runs over his three previous contests.


Last Updated: 7/23/2014 1:09:38 PM EST


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