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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs Series Preview, TV Schedule

Pirates vs. Cubs: Full Series Preview (April 8-10)

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (4-2) will head to Wrigley Field this week to take on the Chicago Cubs (2-4) for the second time in 2014. The teams split the season opening series with one win a piece, but we'll definitely have a clear winner in this upcoming three-game series from Chicago.

Here's a look at all you need to know for Pirates vs. Cubs round two:

Pittsburgh Pirates: Lineup

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Lineup

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The Pirates didn't have a great first week offensively, but they hit well enough to start the year 4-2. Pittsburgh scored 22 runs and hit .229 as a team in week one. Certainly not numbers to brag about, but they should trend upwards in week two.

Hitters to Watch: Pedro Alvarez is currently hitting just .136, but he also hit two home runs in the first week.
Andrew McCutchen is off to a decent start, but look for his average to rise from .217.

Chicago Cubs: Lineup

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Chicago Cubs: Lineup

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To the surprise of no one, the Cubs are off to a slow start offensively in 2014. They managed to drive in just 16 runs, while hitting .216 in week one -- numbers that just flat out won't cut it moving forward.

Hitters to Watch: Will Darwin Barney and Wellington Castillo ever get it together at the plate? It's beginning to look like they won't. Barney and Castillo hit .167 and .188 respectively last week, with just one RBI between them.

Pirates Projected Starters

Pittsburgh Pirates Charlie Morton
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Pirates Projected Starters

Pittsburgh Pirates Charlie Morton

Game 1: Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Game 2: Wandy Rodriguez (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

Game 3: Gerrit Cole (1-0, 2.57 ERA)

Cubs Projected Starters

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Cubs Projected Starters

Edwin Jackson

Game 1: Edwin Jackson (0-0, 1.69 ERA)

Game 2: Jason Hammel (1-0, 1.35 ERA)

Game 3: Travis Wood (0-1, 4.26 ERA)

TV Schedule

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TV Schedule

Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

Game 1: Pirates (Root Sports), Cubs (CSN) - Tuesday, April 8th

Game 2: Pirates (Root Sports), Cubs (WGN) - Wednesday, April 9th

Game 3: Pirates (Root Sports), Cubs (WGN) - Thursday, April 10th

Series Prediction

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Series Prediction

Minnesota Twins v Pittsburgh Pirates

A series win would be absolutely huge for the Cubs as they try to avoid starting the year in a big hole once again. However, I just don't see it happening. The North Siders won't be swept, but Pittsburgh should take two out of three. Why? The Pirates are simply more talented at the plate and on the mound.