The Pittsburgh Pirates (10-24) take on the Chicago Cubs (22-14) in the finale of a three-game series on Thursday afternoon. The Pirates lost 8-2 on Wednesday night. JT Brubaker will be on the mound against right-handed pitcher Alec Mills. Brubaker will be making his fifth start, to go along with two relief appearances. He has a 4.50 ERA in 20 innings, with 22 strikeouts and a 1.40 WHIP. Mills has made six starts this season. He has a 5.23 ERA in 32.2 innings, with 24 strikeouts and a 1.16 WHIP.
There is a chance of rain in the forecast up until 4 PM (radar currently has it clearing around 3:30), so this game might not start on time. They should be able to play though if they’re willing to wait it out. If not, we have plenty of other links from today.
We posted three articles over on Pirates Prospects today. Prospect rankings, Quinn Priester news and a look at MLB’s plan to run the minors.
Here are the lineups:
Afternoon baseball at PNC.#LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/b5j1v4tmxP
— Pirates (@Pirates) September 3, 2020
#Cubs Lineup 09/03/20
1. Ian Happ CF
2. Kris Bryant 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
4. Javier Baez SS
5. Kyle Schwarber LF
6. Willson Contreras C
7. Jason Heyward RF
8. Victor Caratini DH
9. Jason Kipnis 2B
Starting Pitcher : Alec Mills
— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) September 3, 2020
Here are the history links from today. They include the This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History article, the 1979 Season Recap, and the Card of the Day, which features two rookies from the 1968 Topps set.
No Ke’Bryan Hayes today, but we still have his bundle pack on sale for 10% off. We also have Ke’Bryan Hayes baseball cards available in our Cardboard Bucs shop. They’re priced to sell too, all $1-$2 each with quantities available.
The 2020 Prospect Guide returns to print for our tenth anniversary! This year we are releasing three variant covers, featuring Mitch Keller, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Oneil Cruz. Visit our shop page to order these extremely limited items!