Cubs look to feast on Pirates yet again

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Field Level Media
28 Sep 2021, 12:19 GMT+10

The Chicago Cubs haven't had overmuch crushed to grin this season, though much than a fewer of their uncommon grins person travel astatine the disbursal of Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cubs (67-89) purpose to torment the cellar-dwelling Pirates (58-98) a spot much Tuesday erstwhile they unfastened a three-game bid successful Pittsburgh. Chicago has won 7 successful a enactment against its National League Central rivals and 12 of the 16 meetings frankincense acold this season.

The smiles extremity determination for the Cubs, who person mislaid six consecutive and 13 of their past 15 games overall.

"Fans person travel to expect a contending squad for the past 7 years," Cubs president of shot operations Jed Hoyer said. "In a bully mode we've raised those expectations, and I recognize that's what fans privation to see, truthful evidently my extremity this offseason is to enactment a roster unneurotic that fills this place."

Chicago precocious took its lumps during a four-game expanse by the hottest squad successful baseball. The Cubs saw a precocious one-run pb spell by the boards successful a 4-2 setback to the St. Louis Cardinals, who person won 16 consecutive games, connected Sunday.

"It's ever tough, the extremity of the season, astatine location erstwhile you're not (going to the playoffs)," Cubs manager David Ross said. "To person a past crippled present astatine location and not being capable to travel backmost present for a agelong time, yeah, it (stinks)."

Chicago's Alec Mills (6-7, 4.83 ERA) volition get the motion Tuesday other chap right-hander Mitch Keller (5-11, 5.96).

Mills, 29, saw his ERA for the period balloon to 7.08 aft allowing 7 runs (six earned) connected six hits successful 4 innings of a 9-5 nonaccomplishment to the Minnesota Twins past Tuesday.

"Any clip we people 5 runs, we request to triumph that game." Mills said. "That one's connected me. I deliberation they inactive enactment immoderate bully swings connected immoderate decent pitches, but astatine the aforesaid clip I've got to beryllium amended than that."

Mills is 0-2 with 1 prevention and a 6.14 ERA successful 8 vocation appearances (three starts) versus the Pirates. Colin Moran (5-for-9, homer), Bryan Reynolds (4-for-8, 2 homers, 4 RBIs) and Cole Tucker (3-for-7) person fared good successful tiny illustration sizes versus Mills.

Keller, 25, improved to 2-1 successful his past six outings aft permitting 2 runs successful 5 2/3 innings of a 6-2 triumph astatine Cincinnati past Tuesday. Keller is 2-4 with a 4.86 ERA successful 9 starts since returning from Triple-A Indianapolis astatine the opening of August.

"I deliberation that's immoderate of the maturation that we've seen retired of Mitch, wherever that inning earlier (his demotion) got retired of power and helium got retired of the game," Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. "He continued to execute pitches, helium minimized the harm and helium gave america a accidental to triumph the game."

Keller is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA successful six vocation starts versus the Cubs. Ian Happ (6-for-11, 2 homers) has performed good against Keller, nevertheless the hurler has flustered Willson Contreras (1-for-8, six strikeouts).

Like Chicago, Pittsburgh hasn't spent overmuch clip grinning from receptor to receptor this season.

The Pirates sustained their 4th nonaccomplishment successful 5 outings successful humiliating fashion, courtesy of a 13-1 drubbing by the Reds connected Monday afternoon. Pittsburgh has surrendered 36 runs during that stretch.

--Field Level Media

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