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 Post subject: Game 134: Pirates at Cubs
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:18 am 
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Location: Rhode Island (behind enemy lines)
At Wrigley Field
Game time: 8:05 PM ET
Probable starters:
PIT: Ivan Nova (11-11 3.97 ERA)
CHC: Jose Quintana (8-11, 4.49 ERA)

Throughout the Hot Stove season, the Pirates were linked to the two starting pitchers who will take the mound against each other on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field: Ivan Nova and Jose Quintana. The Pirates re-signed Nova to a three-year, $26 million deal in December, while Quintana remained with the White Sox until the Cubs acquired him during the All-Star break.

Nova has delivered what the Pirates needed most -- innings. He has thrown 165 2/3 in 26 starts, and he's five frames away from topping the career-high mark he set in 2012. But he has slowed down after a sensational start, posting a 6.00 ERA in the second half.

"The steadfastness of taking the ball, the reliability and dependability of taking the ball, have been huge. He models what you want to see out of a top guy in your rotation," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I do think there's some wear and tear that can be picked up along the way. I think it's been a really good edification process for him as well."

Quintana has seen mixed results since moving to Chicago's North Side, going 4-3 with a 4.50 ERA in eight starts. Since striking out 12 over seven scoreless innings in his outstanding Cubs debut, he has posted a 5.31 ERA.

Three things to know about this game

• Nova threw a season-high 39 pitches in the upper two-thirds of the zone in his most recent outing, according to Statcast, and six of his opponents' eight hits came from those locations. He thrived in April by pounding the bottom of the zone with sinkers, curveballs and changeups.

• The Pirates may be without setup man Juan Nicasio by the time they return to Wrigley Field on Wednesday. The veteran right-hander was reportedly placed on irrevocable outright waivers, which means he can be claimed without the Bucs receiving anything in return.

• The Cubs were expected to have a refresher course on Wednesday and Thursday to prep for the final month of play. Hitting coach John Mallee got a head start on Tuesday, working with players on situational hitting.

"We need to get better at that," manager Joe Maddon said. "As we move down the stretch drive, to win the close games, tough games, you have to be able to do those things well."
Maddon met with the coaches last week to formulate the plan. He's done this the last two seasons.

"There's a lot of good stuff going on, but here comes September, staring us in the face," he said. "To make hay this month, you've got to play a complete game on a nightly basis. We are capable of pitching well, catching the ball well. If we make the mental adaptation in the box, we can play good offense, too. I think it's in the mind. You can practice your physical swing as long as you want, but if you're not able to make the adaptation mentally, it's not going to work." ... _pk=492087



 Post subject: Re: Game 134: Pirates at Cubs
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:35 am 

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wow..just forfeit 2017 season... :lol:

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