|PITTSBURGH ( NOVA )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( QUINTANA )
|907||PITTSBURGH||+160||Ov 8,-115||+165||Ov 8,-115|
|908||CHICAGO CUBS||-170||Un 8,-105||-175||Un 8,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-25||-3.9||26-19||4.4||0.249||0.314||0.400||0.714||5.0||0.269||0.339||0.429||0.768|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||2-5||3.9||0.249||0.311||0.412||0.723||3.4||0.218||0.292||0.377||0.668|
|vs Right-handed Starters||69-53||-3.3||53-66||4.5||0.259||0.329||0.406||0.735||3.9||0.237||0.315||0.370||0.685|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.1||4-3||4.0||0.235||0.295||0.352||0.647||5.0||0.264||0.310||0.442||0.752|
|9/12/2018||TAILLON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||PONCEDELEON(R)||4-3||W||105||7.5 un||U||10||7||0||7||7||0|
|9/14/2018||ARCHER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GONZALEZ(L)||4-7||L||130||8.5 un||O||7||9||0||11||6||0|
|9/15/2018||NOVA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||3-1||W||150||8.5 un||U||5||4||0||7||7||1|
|9/16/2018||WILLIAMS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||CHACIN(R)||3-2||W||155||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||5||5||0|
|9/17/2018||MUSGROVE(R)||KANSAS CITY||KELLER(R)||7-6||W||-170||7.5 un||O||16||11||1||10||6||1|
|9/18/2018||TAILLON(R)||KANSAS CITY||SKOGLUND(L)||2-1||W||-195||8 un||U||9||9||0||7||7||1|
|9/19/2018||ARCHER(R)||KANSAS CITY||FILLMYER(R)||2-1||W||-220||7.5 ov||U||9||5||1||6||5||0|
|9/24/2018||TAILLON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HAMELS(L)||5-1||W||140||8 un||U||7||7||0||7||8||1|
|9/25/2018||ARCHER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)||6-0||W||150||9.5 un||U||10||12||0||5||7||1|
|9/26/2018||NOVA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/27/2018||WILLIAMS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/28/2018||MUSGROVE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)|| |
|9/29/2018||TAILLON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||DESCLAFANI(R)|| |
|9/30/2018||ARCHER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||HARVEY(R)|| |
|9/13/2018||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ROSS(R)||4-3||W||-120||9.5 un||U||10||8||0||7||9||1|
|9/17/2018||HENDRICKS(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||5-1||W||125||7.5 ov||U||9||5||1||3||3||0|
|9/18/2018||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ ARIZONA||ANDRIESE(R)||9-1||W||100||8.5 ov||O||12||6||2||4||5||3|
|9/19/2018||HAMELS(L)||@ ARIZONA||RAY(L)||0-9||L||-115||8 un||O||1||5||1||12||3||1|
|9/21/2018||QUINTANA(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||4-10||L||-185||9 un||O||9||8||0||19||7||1|
|9/22/2018||LESTER(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||8-3||W||-200||9 un||O||9||6||1||8||7||1|
|9/23/2018||HENDRICKS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||6-1||W||-185||8.5 un||U||15||14||0||4||3||0|
|9/28/2018||HENDRICKS(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|9/29/2018||HAMELS(L)||ST LOUIS||MIKOLAS(R)|| |
|9/30/2018||MONTGOMERY(L)||ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)|| |
|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.
|Slumping Cubs need to get on track vs. Pirates|
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have had their eye on the National League playoffs from Opening Day. But in the final week of the regular season, just how the two-time defending Central Division champions will factor into the postseason picture remains unclear.
With five games remaining starting with Wednesday's divisional test against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs are attempting to hold off the Milwaukee Brewers for the division title, but also can't lose sight of the St. Louis Cardinals, who are hoping to join the postseason push as the third representative from the Central Division.
The Cubs still remain the front-runner despite carrying a two-game losing streak into Wednesday following a 6-0 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday. The loss, coupled with the Brewers' 12-4 victory over the Cardinals, leaves the Cubs' lead at just a half a game as Chicago once again was unable to inch closer to a division title.
Despite that and a second straight night when the offense sputtered, the Cubs aren't concerning with themselves with shrinking margins as they understand the level of competition they're facing down the stretch.
"I just want to point out we have the best record in the National League and we haven't clinched yet," Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward told reporters Tuesday, according to the team's official website. "That shows you how good our division is. That shows you how good this league is. I feel like it's time to pay respect to how good these other teams have been playing baseball."
As much as the Cubs hope to secure another division title, they realize that they could still find their ways into the playoffs as a wild card should they fail to put away the Brewers. That would set up a much different scenario, but one Cubs manager Joe Maddon said his team will deal with if necessary.
"I hope we avoid that," Maddon told reporters on Tuesday, according to MLB.com
Jose Quintana (13-11, 4.11 ERA) will start for the Cubs. Quintana is hoping to bounce back from consecutive losses, including in his last outing against the Chicago White Sox. Quintana allowed five runs and nine hits over five innings, which snapped a string of six straight starts in which he didn't allow more than two earned runs. Quintana is 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in four career starts against Pittsburgh.
Ivan Nova gets the start for Pittsburgh. Nova (9-9, 4.01) is 2-0 with a no-decision in three starts this month and has surrendered just two earned runs in those three starts and has struck out 15. Nova looks to continue his run of good fortune he has enjoyed during his career against the Cubs as he is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA in seven career starts.
Nova was scheduled to make another start following Wednesday's outing but the Pirates' scheduled makeup game against the Miami Marlins on Monday was canceled. That means that Nova will make his final start against the Cubs, which is an outing he looks forward to despite the fact the Pirates have nothing to play for.
"I just want to go pitch," Nova told reporters on Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "As long as you feel good, you want to keep pitching. A lot of guys are ready to go home now that we have been eliminated from the playoffs. I'm excited to have another chance to pitch (on Wednesday)."
|Last Updated: 12/12/2018 11:53:04 PM EST|