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MLB : ATS Matchup
Monday 9/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
PITTSBURGH  MORTON )
 
CHICAGO CUBS  SAMARDZIJA )
-1.5  +120

+1.5  -140
-125

+115

7.5un
 
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Final
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PITTSBURGH (89 - 67) at CHICAGO CUBS (65 - 91)
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Monday, 9/23/2013 8:05 PM
CHARLIE MORTON (R) vs. JEFF SAMARDZIJA (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
957PITTSBURGH-125Ov 7.5,+110-130Ov 7.5,+110
958CHICAGO CUBS+115Un 7.5,-130+120Un 7.5,-130
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games89-67+19.869-813.90.2450.3043.60.2380.304
Road Games39-36+937-364.00.2420.3034.00.2450.316
vs Right-handed Starters72-54+17.854-683.80.2410.3013.60.2350.300
Past 7 Games2-5-5.53-33.70.2060.2704.30.2550.321
Grass Games89-67+19.869-813.90.2450.3043.60.2380.304
Night Games60-40+15.640-553.80.2470.3033.40.2400.303
Division40-30+9.831-363.90.2440.3073.80.2310.295
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games3.90.2450.304156527512924471490.03575451128090108013610414593
Road Games4.00.2420.303752589626230800.032812286864052763526648
Righty Starters3.80.2410.301126422410183611220.034583611033728511138311978
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games2.931.169527.91801724503616743528-20521478.8%
Road Games3.441.2512439693215268920211-1126778.8%

CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games65-91-11.565-833.80.2380.2954.20.2440.311
Home Games30-48-19.436-374.20.2500.3074.60.2520.320
vs Right-handed Starters44-69-18.150-583.90.2370.2934.30.2430.309
Past 7 Games2-5-2.61-62.70.2490.2864.70.2140.293
Grass Games65-91-11.565-833.80.2380.2954.20.2440.311
Night Games36-44+4.238-393.90.2380.2924.40.2560.320
Division24-46-14.727-423.00.2160.2794.00.2380.306
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games3.80.2380.295156530412614711700.03567430117761105113596125104
Home Games4.20.2500.3077826046512541010.043162135762849978537052
Righty Starters3.90.2370.29311338689153401190.034173098523675694728676
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games4.091.3634472152034115019838221-30382560.3%
Home Games4.441.388237125117223201062259-16121250%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
PITTSBURGH - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/9/2013COLE(R)@ TEXASDARVISH(R)1-0W1557.5 unU640450
9/10/2013LIRIANO(L)@ TEXASPEREZ(L)5-4W1158 ovO121001392
9/11/2013BURNETT(R)@ TEXASGARZA(R)7-5W1208 ovO1280960
9/12/2013LOCKE(L)CHICAGO CUBSRUSIN(L)3-1W-1707.5 unU650450
9/13/2013MORTON(R)CHICAGO CUBSARRIETA(R)4-5L-1707 unO971981
9/14/2013COLE(R)CHICAGO CUBSBAKER(R)2-1W-1857 unU540560
9/15/2013LIRIANO(L)CHICAGO CUBSWOOD(L)3-2W-1756.5 unU760350
9/16/2013BURNETT(R)SAN DIEGOCASHNER(R)0-2L-1706.5 unU1008100
9/17/2013LOCKE(L)SAN DIEGOSTULTS(L)2-5L-1807 unP77014101
9/18/2013MORTON(R)SAN DIEGOROSS(R)2-3L-1657 unU300660
9/19/2013COLE(R)SAN DIEGOKENNEDY(R)10-1W-1857 unO14100581
9/20/2013LIRIANO(L)CINCINNATILATOS(R)5-6L-1206.5 unO1051970
9/21/2013BURNETT(R)CINCINNATIBAILEY(R)4-2W-1107 unU550542
9/22/2013LOCKE(L)CINCINNATIARROYO(R)3-11L-1156.5 ovO5621690
9/23/2013MORTON(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSSAMARDZIJA(R) 
9/24/2013COLE(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSRUSIN(L) 
9/25/2013LIRIANO(L)@ CHICAGO CUBSARRIETA(R) 
9/27/2013BURNETT(R)@ CINCINNATILATOS(R) 
9/28/2013LOCKE(L)@ CINCINNATIBAILEY(R) 
9/29/2013MORTON(R)@ CINCINNATIARROYO(R) 

CHICAGO CUBS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/9/2013WOOD(L)@ CINCINNATIARROYO(R)2-0W1657.5 ovU760790
9/10/2013JACKSON(R)@ CINCINNATICINGRANI(L)9-1W2258 ovO13801091
9/11/2013SAMARDZIJA(R)@ CINCINNATILEAKE(R)0-6L1608.5 unU670860
9/12/2013RUSIN(L)@ PITTSBURGHLOCKE(L)1-3L1607.5 unU450650
9/13/2013ARRIETA(R)@ PITTSBURGHMORTON(R)5-4W1607 unO981971
9/14/2013BAKER(R)@ PITTSBURGHCOLE(R)1-2L1757 unU560540
9/15/2013WOOD(L)@ PITTSBURGHLIRIANO(L)2-3L1656.5 unU350760
9/16/2013JACKSON(R)@ MILWAUKEEPERALTA(R)1-6L1158 evU563882
9/17/2013SAMARDZIJA(R)@ MILWAUKEEESTRADA(R)3-4L1257.5 unU742650
9/18/2013RUSIN(L)@ MILWAUKEETHORNBURG(R)0-7L1308 unU480530
9/19/2013ARRIETA(R)@ MILWAUKEELOHSE(R)5-1W1258.5 unU1380441
9/20/2013BAKER(R)ATLANTAMAHOLM(L)5-9L+1209 evO1160890
9/21/2013WOOD(L)ATLANTAMEDLEN(R)3-1W+1207.5 unU961570
9/22/2013JACKSON(R)ATLANTATEHERAN(R)2-5L+1457.5 unU8511280
9/23/2013SAMARDZIJA(R)PITTSBURGHMORTON(R) 
9/24/2013RUSIN(L)PITTSBURGHCOLE(R) 
9/25/2013ARRIETA(R)PITTSBURGHLIRIANO(L) 
9/27/2013WOOD(L)@ ST LOUISLYNN(R) 
9/28/2013JACKSON(R)@ ST LOUISKELLY(R) 
9/29/2013SAMARDZIJA(R)@ ST LOUISWAINWRIGHT(R) 
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(ADDS Sveum quote)

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

By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer

Pittsburgh (89-66) at Chicago (65-90), 8:05 p.m. EDT

Although they've fallen back into a tie for the top NL wild-card spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates have an opportunity to bounce back as they begin a three-game series against the lowly Chicago Cubs.

Closing in on their first playoff appearance in 21 years and trying to make it take place at home, the visiting Pirates will try to beat the Cubs for the 11th time in 17 meetings Monday night.

Pittsburgh (89-67) failed to take control of the race for home-field advantage in a potential wild-card playoff matchup with Cincinnati on Sunday, losing 11-3 at home to the Reds. That left the teams dead even.

"We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole early and they never let up, kept their foot on the gas pedal," said second baseman Neil Walker, who hit his 13th home run. "We have to continue to play good baseball and things will go our way."

The Pirates have lost five of seven, but they're still close to their first playoff spot since 1992. Pittsburgh also has an outside chance to win the NL Central, as it's close behind St. Louis.

The Pirates will try to take advantage of the timely matchup with the last-place Cubs (65-91) before wrapping up the season with three games in Cincinnati.

They'll give the ball to Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.35 ERA), who was outstanding in his last start before the bullpen blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning in a 3-2 loss to San Diego on Wednesday.

The right-hander matched a career high with nine strikeouts while allowing one run and two hits over eight innings. He's gone 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA in his last nine starts.

He'll try to continue the strong work of Pittsburgh starters against Chicago this season, as they've posted a 2.21 ERA to help the Pirates take 10 of 16 meetings. Morton, however, is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA in four career starts at Wrigley Field.

Chicago's Brian Bogusevic hit the only home run Morton has allowed in his last 67 innings in a 5-4 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 13. Bogusevic is 5 for 8 all-time in their matchups.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum thinks series like this one can help his club for the future.

"That's the vision you have, wanting to be in that position and wanting to get into September and meaningful games and go through the playoff atmosphere in September," he told the team's official website. "The playoffs are the playoffs, but a lot of these teams, especially the Pirates and the Cardinals, they've been playing playoff games, basically, fighting for the division and fighting for home-field advantage, all those things."

Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.42), among the top 10 in the major leagues with 203 strikeouts, showed signs of improvement in his last start Tuesday. He gave up three runs over seven innings while striking out eight in a 4-3 loss at Milwaukee, not getting a decision.

The right-hander had posted an 8.35 ERA in his previous three starts.

Samardzija hasn't had much success at home, going 2-4 with a 5.76 ERA in his last 11 starts there. He's given up nine runs and 17 hits over 12 innings while dropping both home starts against the Pirates this season.

Andrew McCutchen is 5 for 12 with three doubles against Samardzija. The NL MVP candidate has batted .395 in his last 12 games versus Chicago, but he's hitless in his last 13 at-bats overall.

The Cubs, who have split six meetings with Pittsburgh at Wrigley, have dropped nine of 12 overall.


Last Updated: 8/22/2014 10:37:19 PM EST


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