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Thursday 9/24/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore
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+1.5  -110



CHICAGO CUBS (32 - 24) at PITTSBURGH (17 - 39)
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Thursday, 9/24/2020 1:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
959CHICAGO CUBS-170Ov 9,-110-155Ov 9,-110
960PITTSBURGH+160Un 9,-110+145Un 9,-110
CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games32-24+1.426-284.30.2220.3040.3840.6883.90.2290.2940.3930.687
Road Games15-11+0.514-115.20.2300.3110.4090.7204.00.2330.3060.4020.708
vs Right-handed Starters25-20-0.324-194.60.2300.3130.4060.7184.00.2380.3040.4060.710
Past 7 Games3-4-3.41-61.90.1760.2510.2400.4912.70.2020.2560.3620.619
Grass Games32-24+1.426-284.30.2220.3040.3840.6883.90.2290.2940.3930.687
Day Games8-7-0.56-74.50.2140.3040.4020.7063.30.2140.2860.3360.622
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.30.2220.304561788397788650.3842282115361939247274320
Road Games5.20.2300.31126855197374360.409127100258141752514158
Righty Starters4.60.2300.313451454335658580.4061991744381532238203616
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.131.293178.7908214026912129-615575%
Road Games4.751.32485.349456414491055-45455.6%

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games17-39-12.228-263.50.2140.2770.3400.6185.10.2380.3250.4210.746
Home Games11-18-1.112-154.00.2300.2950.3590.6545.00.2210.3080.3880.696
vs Right-handed Starters15-28-420-213.20.2120.2710.3310.6024.80.2340.3220.4250.747
Past 7 Games2-5-1.43-42.40.1640.2420.2820.5244.00.1950.2720.3240.595
Grass Games17-39-12.228-263.50.2140.2770.3400.6185.10.2380.3250.4210.746
Day Games8-11+1.79-93.60.2200.2880.3290.6174.70.2410.3250.4180.743
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.50.2140.277561790383676490.3401861574811533035474826
Home Games4.00.2300.29529945217462240.35911088233818323303017
Righty Starters3.20.2120.271431346285515330.3311301103751224223393718
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.601.400219.3133112194271132519-146842.9%
Home Games5.081.428124817010814691466-83537.5%
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/10/2020ALZOLAY(R)CINCINNATIGRAY(R)8-5W+1207 ovO13112970
9/11/2020LESTER(L)@ MILWAUKEEWOODRUFF(R)0-1L1559 ovU261461
9/12/2020HENDRICKS(R)@ MILWAUKEESUTER(L)4-2W-1259 unU860850
9/13/2020MILLS(R)@ MILWAUKEEHOUSER(R)12-0W1109.5 evO1080023
9/15/2020DARVISH(R)CLEVELANDCARRASCO(R)6-5W-1558 ovO111011171
9/16/2020LESTER(L)CLEVELANDCIVALE(R)3-2W+1058.5 unU9110562
9/18/2020HENDRICKS(R)MINNESOTAHILL(L)1-0W-1157.5 unU360340
9/19/2020MILLS(R)MINNESOTAPINEDA(R)1-8L+1158 ovO5511010
9/20/2020DARVISH(R)MINNESOTABERRIOS(R)0-4L-1507.5 unU4901080
9/21/2020LESTER(L)@ PITTSBURGHBRUBAKER(R)5-0W-1458.5 evU850440
9/22/2020QUINTANA(L)@ PITTSBURGHBRAULT(L)2-3L-1508.5 ovU550540
9/23/2020HENDRICKS(R)@ PITTSBURGHWILLIAMS(R)1-2L-2508.5 unU590740
9/26/2020 @ CHI WHITE SOX  
9/27/2020 @ CHI WHITE SOX  

 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/11/2020BRAULT(L)@ KANSAS CITYBUBIC(L)3-4L1258.5 ovU780780
9/12/2020WILLIAMS(R)@ KANSAS CITYHERNANDEZ(L)4-7L1109 ovO83113100
9/13/2020KUHL(R)@ KANSAS CITYKELLER(R)0-11L1258.5 ovO55112100
9/14/2020PONCE(R)@ CINCINNATIBAUER(R)1-3L2256 unU450551
9/14/2020KELLER(R)@ CINCINNATIDESCLAFANI(R)4-9L1357.5 unO871550
9/15/2020MUSGROVE(R)@ CINCINNATILORENZEN(R)1-4L1259 ovU570640
9/16/2020BRUBAKER(R)@ CINCINNATICASTILLO(R)0-1L2258.5 unU330540
9/17/2020BRAULT(L)ST LOUISHUDSON(R)5-1W+1509 unU960220
9/18/2020WILLIAMS(R)ST LOUISMARTINEZ(R)5-6L+1557 unO4101864
9/18/2020KUHL(R)@ ST LOUISPONCEDELEON(R)2-7L1457 unO443630
9/19/2020KELLER(R)ST LOUISKIM(L)4-5L+1558.5 unO640361
9/20/2020MUSGROVE(R)ST LOUISFLAHERTY(R)1-2L+1457.5 ovU221680
9/21/2020BRUBAKER(R)CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L)0-5L+1358.5 evU440850
9/22/2020BRAULT(L)CHICAGO CUBSQUINTANA(L)3-2W+1408.5 ovU540550
9/23/2020WILLIAMS(R)CHICAGO CUBSHENDRICKS(R)2-1W+2258.5 unU740590
Pirates aim for third straight win over Cubs

With a win Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates can pick up their third straight victory and win their four-game series with the visiting Chicago Cubs.

That would be no small feat for Pittsburgh (17-39), which had lost five straight and 13 of 15 before picking up a second straight win Wednesday, 2-1.

The Pirates are playing for pride and to make an impression on management in the final days of this shortened season, while the Cubs (32-24) sit in first place in the National League Central and are headed for the playoffs.

One noticeable strength for Pittsburgh lately is the starting pitching. Over the past nine games, involving six starters, there have been five quality starts, a 1.80 ERA over 49 1/3 innings, 57 strikeouts with just 15 walks, and a .163 opponent average, according to AT&T Sportsnet.

While that has only translated to two wins for the starters in those nine games, manager Derek Shelton has liked what he has seen.

"I think we're attacking the (strike) zone," he said. "I just think they've done a nice job of getting in attack mode."

If this were a normal season, it could be said that the starters are hitting their stride. That thought made Shelton smile, considering the Pirates have just four games left.

"We're finding our groove right now, and they're pitching well," he said.

Chicago has been a formidable opponent, winning the season series six years in a row, including a 6-3 mark this year.

Chicago remains without third baseman Kris Bryant, who left Monday's game with oblique tightness. Manager David Ross is hopeful Bryant can return before the playoffs, but it's unclear whether he might be available for the series finale Thursday.

"I'm optimistic," Ross said. "He felt better (Wednesday)."

Thursday, Chicago right-hander Alec Mills (5-4, 4.14 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander Chad Kuhl (1-3, 5.03 ERA).

Mills' season, and perhaps his career, will [be defined by what he did Sept. 13 - when he threw a no-hitter against Milwaukee.

If you ask him, though, he pitched better his next time out.

That wasn't a no-hitter, or even close. Saturday, he pitched six-plus innings against Minnesota, giving up four runs and six hits, with seven strikeouts and one walk in the Cubs' 8-1 loss.

"Baseball's funny," Mills said. "I actually think (Saturday's) stuff was probably better than I had (during the no-hitter), to be honest with you. You may think I'm crazy for saying that."

His manager didn't think Mills was crazy.

"I thought he was pitching really well," Ross said of Saturday's outing. "He was moving the ball around, mixing in all his stuff. I thought he was throwing the ball really good. Looked good from the side. Looked as good as (he did against) Milwaukee."

Which means there might not be a direct correlation between how well he pitches Thursday against Pittsburgh and what the outcome will be.

Mills will be making his second career start, fifth appearance, against the Pirates. He is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA.

Kuhl has given up one earned run or fewer in six of his nine outings. That includes his last time on the mound. On Friday, he gave up five hits and four runs, but just one earned, with six strikeouts and two walks in five innings against St. Louis.

He is 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA in 11 career games, 10 of them starts, against the Cubs.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 1/27/2021 5:18:42 AM EST

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