Pittsburgh Pirates Vs. Chicago Cubs: Preview, TV Schedule And More

The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to keep pace in the National League's Wild Card hunt, as they host one of the worst teams in baseball on Saturday evening.

The Chicago Cubs spanked the Bucs, 12-2, at PNC Park, but Pittsburgh's seven errors made the loss seem even uglier. On Saturday, Clint Hurdle's team will look to turn the page.

James McDonald will aim for his 13th win of the season, as he hopes to rebound from a disastrous start, in which he gave up eight runs (seven earned) in two and two thirds innings of work on Sept. 2 against Milwaukee. For the season, McDonald carries a 3.90 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and has held batters to a .225 batting average against.

Pittsburgh will face off against Jeff Samardzija, who is 8-13 for the Cubs. Samardzija has struck out 171 in about 166 innings of work, and has a 3.91 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. Televised coverage can be found on ROOT Sports.

For the latest on all things Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.