The Pittsburgh Pirates (78-76) are facing the Chicago Cubs (91-64) in a four-game series at Wrigley Field this week. The Pirates are sending Jameson Taillon to the mound to go up against lefty Cole Hamels, who has a 2.42 ERA in ten starts with the Cubs. He has faced the Pirates twice this season. On August 1st, he allowed one unearned run over five innings. On August 17th, Hamels threw seven shutout innings.
Here are the lineups:
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) September 24, 2018
Here is tonight's #Cubs lineup as we open the final homestand of the regular season.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 24, 2018
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.