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+)
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