Pittsburgh Pirates (48-85) vs. Chicago Cubs (59-75), April 8-11, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh
Radio: KDKA 100.1 FM & 1020 AM
Cubs SB Nation Site: Bleed Cubbie Blue
The Pirates head back to where it all started this season, Wrigley Field, to face the Cubs in a battle for bragging rights, pride and draft position.
Here’s a look at what we can expect this weekend:
Thursday, 8:05 p.m. EST
Mitch Keller (4-10, 6.75 ERA) vs. Keegan Thompson (3-3, 3.09 ERA)
Friday, 2:20 p.m. EST
Steven Brault (0-3, 4.57 ERA) vs. Alec Mills (6-6, 4.32 ERA)
Saturday, 2:20 p.m. EST
TBD vs. Kyle Hendricks (14-6, 4.43 ERA)
Sunday, 2:20 p.m. EST
Wil Crowe (3-7, 5.46 ERA) vs. Zach Davies (6-10, 4.91 ERA)
- Ben Gamel (LF)
- Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
- Bryan Reynolds (CF)
- Colin Moran (1B)
- Jacob Stallings (C)
- Yoshi Tsutsugo (RF)
- Cole Tucker (2B)
- Anthony Alford (LF)
- Starting Pitcher
- Rafael Ortega (CF)
- Frank Schwindel (1B)
- Ian Happ (LF)
- Patrick Wisdom (3B)
- Matt Duffy (2B)
- Jason Heyward (RF)
- Austin Romine (C)
- Andrew Romine (SS)
- Starting Pitcher
The Pirates face a familiar September ahead of them, one that’s outside playoff contention. However, the team has remained competitive as of late, winning or splitting their last three series before getting swept by the Chicago White Sox.
The team is also rotating several new players in and out of the lineup to determine who could be part of the team in 2022. The hottest flash in the pan the team has now is Yoshi Tsutsugo, who struggled earlier this year with the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers, but might have found a home in Pittsburgh for the time being.
Tsutsugo smashed one of the most majestic walk-off home runs of the year against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday. As for the pitching staff, the team has weaved in new pitchers from the beginning of the season over time. All of these guys come in with a mixed bag. You could get a gem once in a while, but these guys are incredibly inconsistent, which is typical of a rotation on a last place team.
With the inconsistencies in pitching and hitting on both sides of the diamond, this has the look and feel of a 2-2 series split.