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Series preview: Fans return to PNC Park for three games vs. Cubs

It’s the Pirates home opening series!

Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Chicago Cubs (4-2) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1-5), April 8-11, 2021

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA 100.1 FM & 1020 AM

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It’s the home opening series for the Pirates at PNC Park and it’s the second series against the Cubs this season. After the Pirates underwhelming performance in Cincinnati, perhaps a series in front of their fans can rally the Pirates and bring out a better ball club.

Here’s a look at what we can expect this weekend:

Projected Starters

Thursday, 1:35 p.m. EST

Jake Arrieta (1-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

Saturday, 6:05 p.m. EST

Zach Davies (1-0, 3.18 ERA) vs. Mitch Keller (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. EST

Trevor Williams (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. J.T. Brubaker (0-0, 2.25 ERA)

Projected Lineups


  1. Ian Happ (LF)
  2. Willson Contreras (C)
  3. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
  4. Kris Bryant (3B)
  5. Joc Pederson (CF)
  6. Javier Baez (SS)
  7. Jason Heyward (RF)
  8. David Bote (2B)
  9. Starting Pitcher


  1. Adam Frazier (2B)
  2. Phillip Evans (3B)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (LF)
  4. Colin Moran (1B)
  5. Gregory Polanco (RF)
  6. Kevin Newman (SS)
  7. Jacob Stallings (C)
  8. Anthony Alford (CF)
  9. Starting Pitcher

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