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Monday 9/24/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -155

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PITTSBURGH (78 - 76) at CHICAGO CUBS (91 - 64)
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Monday, 9/24/2018 8:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
903PITTSBURGH+150Ov 8,-110+140Ov 8,-105
904CHICAGO CUBS-160Un 8,-110-150Un 8,-115
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games78-76+3.168-764.30.2530.3120.4000.7124.40.2500.3120.3990.711
Road Games34-40+0.135-344.50.2500.3050.4050.7104.80.2530.3130.4060.718
vs Left-handed Starters19-25-6.826-174.30.2490.3120.3980.7105.20.2720.3420.4370.779
Past 7 Games5-2+3.63-43.70.2670.3170.3880.7054.40.2260.2910.4240.714
Grass Games78-76+3.168-764.30.2530.3120.4000.7124.40.2500.3120.3990.711
Night Games49-50+0.148-434.40.2620.3230.4030.7264.70.2600.3210.4130.734
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.30.2530.31215452001317253371450.400635446117863101714210112363
Road Games4.50.2500.30574257564312317810.4053222056042747172485326
Lefty Starters4.30.2490.312441495373827420.3981811373431329246384121
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.171.391519.72642414925523155022-22391967.2%
Road Games4.861.403231.713712523024952637-14171063%

CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games91-64+3.669-834.70.2590.3280.4060.7344.00.2390.3170.3690.686
Home Games47-27+4.231-424.80.2640.3360.4100.7464.30.2470.3270.3850.712
vs Right-handed Starters69-51-0.253-644.60.2600.3300.4080.7393.90.2370.3140.3690.683
Past 7 Games4-3-0.24-34.70.2440.3030.3780.6813.90.2370.2650.4070.672
Grass Games91-64+3.669-834.70.2590.3280.4060.7344.00.2390.3170.3690.686
Night Games47-36036-464.50.2510.3160.3880.7043.50.2390.3130.3580.672
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.70.2590.32815553661391257311560.40669555113285811741269914575
Home Games4.80.2640.33674242564111017700.4103412615853053654455837
Righty Starters4.60.2600.33012041591083186241270.408529434101243935997511656
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.331.283559.62262074645025453734-17451772.6%
Home Games3.781.3372641211112352811824322-425973.5%
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/10/2018WILLIAMS(R)@ ST LOUISWAINWRIGHT(R)7-8L1158 ovO1360931
9/11/2018MUSGROVE(R)@ ST LOUISMIKOLAS(R)5-11L1307.5 unO10611170
9/12/2018TAILLON(R)@ ST LOUISPONCEDELEON(R)4-3W1057.5 unU1070770
9/14/2018ARCHER(R)@ MILWAUKEEGONZALEZ(L)4-7L1308.5 unO7901160
9/15/2018NOVA(R)@ MILWAUKEEDAVIES(R)3-1W1508.5 unU540771
9/16/2018WILLIAMS(R)@ MILWAUKEECHACIN(R)3-2W1558.5 unU550550
9/17/2018MUSGROVE(R)KANSAS CITYKELLER(R)7-6W-1707.5 unO161111061
9/18/2018TAILLON(R)KANSAS CITYSKOGLUND(L)2-1W-1958 unU990771
9/19/2018ARCHER(R)KANSAS CITYFILLMYER(R)2-1W-2207.5 ovU951650
9/21/2018NOVA(R)MILWAUKEECHACIN(R)3-8L+1208 ovO7401070
9/22/2018WILLIAMS(R)MILWAUKEEDAVIES(R)3-0W+1057.5 evU1071550
9/23/2018KINGHAM(R)MILWAUKEEMILEY(L)6-13L+1358.5 unO62212101

 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/10/2018LESTER(L)MILWAUKEEMILEY(L)2-3L-1358 ovU5601191
9/11/2018QUINTANA(L)MILWAUKEECHACIN(R)3-0W-1208.5 ovU330352
9/12/2018HENDRICKS(R)MILWAUKEEANDERSON(R)1-5L-1558.5 unU67211111
9/13/2018MONTGOMERY(L)@ WASHINGTONROSS(R)4-3W-1209.5 unU1080791
9/14/2018HAMELS(L)CINCINNATIHARVEY(R)3-2W-2008.5 unU781981
9/15/2018LESTER(L)CINCINNATIREED(L)1-0W-2158.5 unU460440
9/16/2018QUINTANA(L)CINCINNATICASTILLO(R)1-2L-1508 unU562690
9/17/2018HENDRICKS(R)@ ARIZONACORBIN(L)5-1W1257.5 ovU951330
9/18/2018MONTGOMERY(L)@ ARIZONAANDRIESE(R)9-1W1008.5 ovO1262453
9/19/2018HAMELS(L)@ ARIZONARAY(L)0-9L-1158 unO1511231
9/21/2018QUINTANA(L)@ CHI WHITE SOXLOPEZ(R)4-10L-1859 unO9801971
9/22/2018LESTER(L)@ CHI WHITE SOXGIOLITO(R)8-3W-2009 unO961871
9/23/2018HENDRICKS(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXRODON(L)6-1W-1858.5 unU15140430
PITTSBURGH: 2017 75-87, fourth place
MANAGER Clint Hurdle (seventh season)
ADDITIONS: OF Corey Dickerson, LHP Kyle Crick, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Michael Feliz, 3B Colin Moran
SUBTRACTIONS: CF Andrew McCutchen, RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Daniel Hudson, C Chris Stewart, 1B John Jaso, RHP Joaquin Benoit
OUTLOOK: General Manager Neal Huntington insists the Pirates are not rebuilding, but it certainly looks that way after they flipped franchise cornerstones McCutchen and Cole for less expensive and less proven talent. The Pirates did nothing in free agency, though they were able to grab Dickerson -- an All-Star for Tampa Bay last season -- in February. Dickerson's arrival gives Pittsburgh some stability in the outfield, but the Pirates still have some serious power issues outside of Bell, who finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Pittsburgh finished 29th in the majors in home runs in 2017, and while McCutchen and Dickerson's numbers are comparable, the rest of the lineup isn't exactly imposing. If Marte can put his suspension-marred 2017 behind him, if Polanco and his hamstrings can stay healthy, if Moran proves he can do more than spell Freese at third, and if Taillon, Kuhl and Williams all improve, Pittsburgh could be competitive. That's a lot of "ifs," probably a few too many.
CHICAGO CUBS: 017 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS
MANAGER Joe Maddon (fourth season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly, C Chris Gimenez
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Wade Davis, C Alex Avila, C Rene Rivera, RHP Jake Arrieta, RHP John Lackey
OUTLOOK: World Series or bust. The acquisition of Darvish, who finalized a $126 million, six-year contract in February, gives Chicago a strong rotation, and the lineup is young, deep and dangerous. A franchise-record six players (Rizzo, Schwarber, Bryant, Happ, Baez and Contreras) belted at least 20 home runs last year, including a major league-record five in an age 25 or younger season. Chicago also scored more than 800 runs in consecutive seasons for the first time since the team surpassed that mark for three consecutive years from 1929-1931. The Cubs have made it to the NL Championship Series for three consecutive seasons, winning it all in 2016 to end a 108-year drought, and there's no reason to think they won't be in the mix for another title this year.
Cubs keep their focus while Pirates hope to play spoiler

CHICAGO -- When Cole Hamels joined the Chicago Cubs earlier this season, the veteran starter didn't expect he would take on such a vital role.

But as the Cubs close in on what they hope is their third straight National League Central Division title, Hamels could be a major reason why. Coming off his worst start joining the Cubs, Hamels will attempt to keep Chicago moving in the right direction when he takes the mound Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

Hamels (9-10, 3.90 ERA) has not recorded a victory since Aug. 28 and had registered no-decisions in three straight starts before being roughed up in his last outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Now, with the Cubs magic number at five to clinch the division title after a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox Sunday, Hamels hopes to rebound Monday against the Pirates.

Hamels is coming off a start in which he allowed seven runs and nine hits over six innings as he surrendered more than three earned runs for the first time since July 23 -- his final start with the Texas Rangers. Hamels is 5-3 with a 2.49 ERA in 12 career starts against Pittsburgh.

Despite taking two of three games from the White Sox over the weekend, the Cubs realize that they still have to take care of their business as they cling to a 2 1/2 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers with seven games to play.

"Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves," Cubs ace Jon Lester told reporters Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We're only 2 1/2 games ahead. We have a long way to go."

The Cubs will attempt to keep their focus set on the Pirates, who will look to play spoiler starting Monday against the Brewers. But as Chicago attempts to close out the division title, second baseman Javier Baez says Chicago cannot become consumed by the teams chasing them.

"We know what we have," Baez said Saturday, according to the Tribune. "We just have to stay away from every other team. They have to pay attention to us, not us to them. If we do that, we should be good."

The Pirates will travel to Chicago having lost having officially been eliminated from playoff contention. Their 13-6 loss to the Brewers, coupled with the Cardinals' victory over the Giants wiped out any hopes Pittsburgh had of seeing the season extend beyond the next week.

Despite Sunday's loss, Pittsburgh has won six of their past eight games and could have an impact on Chicago's division title chances depending on how they next four days against the Cubs play out.

But impacting other teams' title chances doesn't diminish the disappointment the Pirates feel after failing to miss the postseason for the third straight season.

"If we figure out how to win one game a month more, we're in a very different spot as we finish this season," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told reporters before Sunday's game, according to MLB.com. "If we win two games a month more, we're fighting for a division, which is ultimately where we want to be, because (it puts you in) best positions you to win a World Series."

Jameson Taillon (13-9, 3.24) will take the mound for the Pirates on Monday having won four of his past six starts.

Taillon threw seven scoreless innings in his last outing against the Kansas City Royals when he allowed just four hits and struck out 11. Taillon is 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Cubs.

Last Updated: 10/15/2019 6:14:20 PM EST

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