Chicago Cubs (67-89) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (58-98), September 28-30, 2021
Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh
Radio: KDKA 100.1 FM & 1020 AM
Cubs SB Nation Site: Bleed Cubbie Blue
The Pirates face the Cubs for the final time in 2021.
Here’s a look at what we can expect this week:
Tuesday, 6:35 p.m. EST
Alec Mills (6-7, 4.83 ERA) vs. Mitch Keller (5-11, 5.96 ERA)
Wednesday, 6:35 p.m. EST
Kyle Hendricks (14-7, 4.81 ERA) vs. TBD
Thursday, 6:35 p.m. EST
Justin Steele (3-4, 4.86 ERA) vs. TBD
- Rafael Ortega (CF)
- Frank Schwindel (1B)
- Ian Happ (RF)
- Patrick Wisdom (LF)
- Willson Contreras (C)
- Matt Duffy (3B)
- Sergio Alcantara (SS)
- David Bote (2B)
- Starting Pitcher
- Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
- Yoshi Tsutsugo (RF)
- Bryan Reynolds (CF)
- Colin Moran (1B)
- Cole Tucker (2B)
- Michael Perez (C)
- Anthony Alford (LF)
- Kevin Newman (SS)
- Starting Pitcher
Here’s a look at what Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue had to say about the Cubs heading into this week’s series:
Since the Cubs sold off all their stars at the trading deadline, they’ve been several different ballclubs.
They went 4-17 right after the selloff, including a 12-game losing streak, and some said they might not win a total of 10 games from selloff to season’s end.
But after that they had a nice little 10-3 run, including a seven-game winning streak (that included the four-game sweep of the Pirates at Wrigley) that brought dreams of getting back to .500.
Those dreams have been dashed. Since that run the Cubs are 3-14, the worst record in baseball. Yes, worse than the awful Orioles and Diamondbacks and, I note, the Pirates are 9-8 over the same span.
The Cubs do have some fun players worth watching, including Frank “The Tank” Schwindel and Patrick Wisdom. The latter broke Kris Bryant’s Cubs rookie record for home runs in a season when he hit his 27th.
Watch them now, because many of these “sub Cubs” might not be back next year.