MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 370
Pittsburgh0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 260
  W: H. Wesneski (2-1)   L: M. Keller (5-12)   S: M. Leiter Jr. (3)
3:35 PM PT4:35 PM MT5:35 PM CT6:35 PM ET18:35 ET22:35 GMT6:35 3:35 PM MST5:35 PM EST6:05 PM VEN2:35 UAE (+1)4:35 PM CT, September 22, 2022
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 9,166

Cubs, Pirates look to future ahead of series opener

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Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The home team is 9-6 (.600) in the Cubs vs. Pirates matchup this season. The home team has a run differential of +47 in the 15 games played between these division rivals this season.
  2. Hayden Wesneski retired 16 consecutive batters in his first major league start on September 17 against Colorado and ended up allowing one run on three hits over a career-high 7.0 IP. Through three career appearances, he has a 0.70 WHIP and .158 opponent batting average.
  3. Ian Happ has a triple slash of .395/.479/.667 with four homers and 16 RBI in his last 22 games against the Pirates. He's hit safely in nine of his last 10 games played at PNC Park with a triple slash of .314/.429/.514.
  4. The Pirates have the worst win percentage since August 20 (.267, 8-22). The Pirates sit at 55-94 (.369) for the season with 13 games remaining and could have 100 losses for consecutive seasons for the first time since 1953 and 1954 if they lose six of their last 13.
  5. Mitch Keller has a 2.20 ERA since August 24 and since the end of June has lowered his ERA from 5.14 to 4.03. This is Keller's lowest single season ERA since the conclusion of the 2020 season.
  6. Pirates IF Kevin Newman is 6-for-19 (.316) during a five-game hitting streak. Since August 10, Newman leads the majors with a .459 batting average against left-handed pitchers (among players with minimum 35 plate appearances vs. LHP in span).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/22/2022 thru 9/25/2022

Two clubs looking to use the stretch run to peer toward next year meet when the visiting Chicago Cubs open a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

The Cubs (64-85) have won two straight, including a 4-3 road victory on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, after a three-game losing streak.

Chicago's big hit on Wednesday was the 23rd homer of the season for Patrick Wisdom, who entered the game 1-for-17 in September.

"I was looking at what I wasn't doing well and how pitchers were going to exploit me instead of sticking with what I did really well (last year)," Wisdom said.

The Pirates (55-94) have lost six in a row, all in New York, four against the Mets and two against the Yankees.

The two in the Bronx could be demoralizing for any club, 9-8 on Giancarlo Stanton's walk-off grand slam on Tuesday and 14-2 on Wednesday -- Pittsburgh's ninth loss this season by double digits.

The Pirates' bullpen gave up 15 runs and 13 hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Yankees.

"You have to execute pitches, and we didn't do it," said Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton, whose team won four straight at Cincinnati before the rough stretch in New York.

"We've got to flush (it)," Shelton said. "We started the road trip really well by winning four games, and (then) played two playoff teams that are playing really well right now. We just have to bounce back and get after the Cubs."

One positive for the Pirates is the likelihood that closer David Bednar (back), who has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis, will return from the injured list during the Cubs series.

In the series opener, Chicago right-hander Hayden Wesneski (1-1, 2.30 ERA) is slated to oppose Pittsburgh right-hander Mitch Keller (5-11, 4.03).

Wesneski, who has not faced the Pirates, will be making his second career major league start, his fourth appearance.

On Saturday, he started against the Colorado Rockies and did not get a decision after pitching seven innings, allowing one run and three hits and at one point retiring 16 straight batters.

"A beautiful outing," Cubs manager David Ross called it.

"My stuff is good, and I know that," Wesneski said. "If I keep throwing strikes with my stuff, I have a chance even when I'm not sharp with my stuff."

Keller is 3-5 with a 2.69 ERA over his past 12 outings and has given up three or fewer earned runs in 16 of his past 19 starts.

Most recently, Keller allowed three runs in six innings on Friday in a loss against the Mets.

Keller reached something of a minor milestone in that game when he was in a jam in the sixth and Shelton made a mound visit but did not pull him.

"I think he gets (leeway) because of how well he's pitched over the last three months," Shelton said. "When you get to execute pitches and you know your plan, yeah, you have the ability to have a conversation (rather than necessarily get taken out)."

Against the Cubs, Keller is 2-3 with a 5.51 ERA in eight career appearances, seven of them starts. His only appearance against them this year came May 18, when he made his first career relief appearance and picked up a win as he allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 22, 2022

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