Coming off of a fruitless trip to San Diego, the Pirates travel to clash with the Cubbies, who have to be pleased with the opportunity to pad a perilously thin lead over the Milwaukee Brewers. Yet another Ghost of Pirates Past awaits in the windy city, with Aramis Ramirez tearing the cover off the ball lately (.294/.392/.603 in September). Chicago's pitching staff has been the key to the team's success, however. The Cubs rank 4th in baseball with a 1.14 RA+ (Park and league normalized Run Average.) Chicago is hitting a particularly cushy portion of the schedule, facing the Marlins and Reds after clashing with the Bucs.
Tale of the Tape
LHP Paul Maholm (94 ERA+) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (111 ERA+)
LHP Zach Duke (78 ERA+) vs. LHP Rich Hill (113 ERA+)
LHP Tom Gorzelanny (126 ERA+) vs. RHP Carlos Zambrano (108 ERA+)
- On Saturday, Zach Duke will make his first start since June 28th...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.