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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs Preview and Predictions 09-15-2019


Returning to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field has done wonders for the Chicago Cubs, who have put on an offensive showcase in two games since returning from a lackluster 3-5 road trip. After pounding out nine homers and 31 runs in back-to-back routs of Pittsburgh, the Cubs look to complete a three-game sweep of their division rivals on Sunday afternoon.

Kris Bryant homered among three hits and drove in four runs in Saturday's 14-1 drubbing to tie Ernie Banks for the most home runs (136) in the first five seasons for Chicago, which is assured of maintaining its hold on the second wild card. Rookie Nico Hoerner has collected 11 RBIs in his first six games, matching Bryant with a homer and three hits to help the Cubs set a franchise record with 237 blasts for the season. Nicholas Castellanos had his second three-RBI game in as many days, giving him 33 in 41 games since he was acquired by Chicago from Detroit at the trade deadline. Kevin Newman is 6-for-10 in the series to extend his hitting streak to nine games for Pittsburgh, which fell to 1-7 at Wrigley this season and has allowed at least 10 runs in half those contests.

TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, WGN (Chicago)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Trevor Williams (7-6, 5.21 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jose Quintana (13-8, 4.15)

Williams labored in his last start at San Francisco on Monday, picking up his second straight no-decision after allowing four runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. That ended a string of three consecutive quality starts for the 27-year-old, a 14-game winner last season who posted a 4-2 record last month despite a bloated 6.68 ERA. Kyle Schwarber is 7-for-20 with three homers and Anthony Rizzo 7-for-21 versus Williams, who split a pair of decisions with a 10.64 ERA against the Cubs this season.

Although Quintana lasted only three innings and was rocked for six runs (four earned) and seven hits at San Diego last Tuesday, he managed to escape with a no-decision. The 30-year-old Colombian is 9-1 over his last 13 starts dating to June 29, helped by an offense that has produced at least six runs 11 times during that span. Quintana has won all four starts and registered a 2.00 ERA against the Pirates this season, holding the team to a collective .216 batting average, but he must be wary of Newman (6-for-12).

WALK-OFFS

1. Bryant is 8-for-17 with three homers and nine RBIs in five games since receiving a cortisone shot in his knee.

2. The Pirates were without CF Starling Marte (wrist), 1B Josh Bell (groin) and C Jacob Stallings (back) on Saturday. Marte missed his sixth straight game.

3. Rizzo is 5-for-8 with a grand slam and six RBIs in the series.

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Wrigley Field
Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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chicago-cubs Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Cristhian Adames 7 5 20 1 7 1 0 0 2 8 0 6 0 .350 .400 .409
Anthony Rizzo 146 144 512 89 150 29 3 27 94 266 5 86 2 .293 .520 .405
Nico Hoerner 17 16 66 11 19 1 1 3 15 31 0 8 0 .288 .470 .319
Kris Bryant 147 145 543 108 153 35 1 31 77 283 4 145 0 .282 .521 .382
Javier Baez 137 131 531 89 149 38 4 29 85 282 11 156 7 .281 .531 .316
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Kyle Ryan 71 0 180 57 1 53 4 2 22 0 0 5 26 1007
Steve Cishek 68 0 187 57 7 47 7 1 22 0 0 3 26 1079
Brandon Kintzler 60 0 165 47 3 44 5 3 18 0 0 1 13 827
Pedro Strop 48 0 119 45 5 32 5 1 23 0 0 0 19 695
Brad Brach 42 0 119 45 1 42 3 1 27 0 0 2 28 779
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Willson Contreras 103 93 3 37 16 12 1 6
Victor Caratini 92 56 1 29 6 3 0 2
Taylor Davis 7 4 0 11 0 0 0 1
Adbert Alzolay 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Addison Russell 79 53 0 0 0 6 0 0

pittsburgh-pirates Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Francisco Liriano 66 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Steven Brault 31 18 40 7 13 1 0 1 2 17 0 8 0 .325 .425 .341
Corey Dickerson 44 32 127 20 40 18 2 4 25 70 1 23 0 .315 .551 .373
Bryan Reynolds 134 122 491 83 154 37 4 16 68 247 3 121 2 .314 .503 .377
Kevin Newman 127 113 480 59 148 20 6 10 59 210 16 59 8 .308 .438 .353
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Richard Rodriguez 70 0 190 62 2 64 13 3 29 0 0 2 21 1129
Francisco Liriano 68 0 207 62 3 58 8 1 31 0 0 3 34 1115
Michael Feliz 58 1 169 73 2 44 11 1 27 0 0 5 27 1016
Felipe Vazquez 56 0 180 90 4 43 5 0 12 0 0 1 13 959
Kyle Crick 52 0 147 61 7 41 10 1 30 0 0 7 35 934
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Elias Diaz 101 75 2 42 16 12 0 7
Francisco Cervelli 34 32 0 15 6 2 0 5
Jacob Stallings 68 51 2 11 8 4 0 3
Steven Baron 6 1 0 2 0 2 0 0
Adam Frazier 149 130 0 0 0 5 0 0