Pirates (37-25) at Cubs (24-35)
2:20 PM–Wrigley Field, Chicago
TV: ROOT, WGN
The Bucs look to break out the brooms for the second straight series against the Cubs, which would complete a very nice bounce-back from the sweep in Atlanta. It would also give them some huge momentum going in to an exciting homestand.
Jeff Locke (5-1, 2.45) vs. Edwin Jackson (1-8, 6.29)
I thought Locke pitched a lot better than his line in his last start…although the reverse has probably been true for him a couple of times this year as well. The lefty is still throwing the ball quite well and is even increasing his strikeout totals, which is a key to sustaining his success.
Jackson has continued to a be a total mess for the Cubs after signing a big deal this winter. Can you imagine if the Pirates had wound up with him instead of AJ Burnett, as they originally intended?
Pirates vs. Jackson
Cubs vs. Locke
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— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 9, 2013