Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 9/15/13
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Cubs (63-85) at Pirates (86-62) 1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT, WGN The Bucs – now tied for first place again – will look to maintain that and hopefully regain it outright with a win today over the Cubbies. They’ll be going for a series victory, and a loss and split would be pretty disappointing. All three games in this series have been tight so far – it would be nice to see the Pirates just blow Chicago away in this one and coast to a win. Today’s starters… Travis Wood (9-11, 3.05) vs. Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.92) Wood has been the Cubs’ best pitcher, exceeding expectations while Jeff Samardzija did not. The lefty blanked the Reds for seven innings in his last start and has been very good for most of the year. Tough task for the offense (which hasn’t done much this weekend) today. Liriano will look to make it even tougher on the Cubs, who he has done well against so far this year. Frankie will be looking to break up his “good start-bad start” pattern, because he’s due for a bad one. His last start was a good but not great one, and I think most of us would settle for more of those if it means fewer blowups.
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