Cubs (18-25) at Pirates (26-18)
7:05 PM–PNC Park
The Chicago Cubs are in town for the first time since the opening series as the Bucs look to continue a strong homestand against struggling teams.
The Cubs may not actually be as bad as people perciece them to be. Their run differential is just -3, and their starting pitching has been pretty solid. They’ve already taken two of three from the Bucs at PNC and the Bucs are coming off a pretty mediocre weekend, so this may not be an easy series victory.
Matt Garza (0-0, 0.00) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (4-2, 3.25)
Garza is making his season debut (he’s been injured) and will strengthen the Cubs’ staff. He has been very solid when healthy for the last two seasons, although he has only faced the Bucs three times (1-1, 3.79). Garza is the one pitcher I fully endorse bunting against at all times - he’s had all kinds of problems throwing the ball to first for some reason.
Wandy has righted the ship after a somewhat rough stretch a few weeks ago. He’s been very good at home and pitched a gem in the opening series against the Cubs at PNC.
Bucs vs. Garza
Cubs vs. Wandy
Starling Marte is out of the lineup tonight – just for a day off. Andrew McCutchen is back.
Here’s the #Pirates lineup for tonight’s game vs Cubs at PNC. #LetsGoBucs twitter.com/Pirates/status…
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 21, 2013