World news – US – Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Monday 9/21, 6:05 CT


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Cubs plan to start José Quintana Tuesday in Pittsburgh. They’ve been trying to get him as stretched out as possible, Ross said.

I would imagine it’d be Rex Brothers optioned to the Alternate Site in South Bend to make room for Jose Quintana on the active roster.

After a few rough outings, Jon Lester has been quite good over his last two starts: 11 innings, seven hits, two runs, nine strikeouts. He’s made two starts vs. the Pirates this year. One was good, the other not so much.

Throughout his career, Jon has been a pitcher who’s stepped up when the occasion called for it. This is such an occasion. Even at nearly 37, I think he’s got enough left to throw a good game tonight.

JT Brubaker is making his 10th MLB appearance (eighth start). Two of those previous nine outings were against the Cubs, three innings of shutout relief August 1 at Wrigley Field (the Cubs won the game anyway) and a decent start September 3 at PNC Park.

He’s made two starts since then, getting pounded by the White Sox and throwing pretty well against the Reds.

These are pretty small sample sizes, but Brubaker has a 7.08 ERA in 20⅓ innings at PNC compared to a 1.76 ERA in 15⅓ innings on the road.

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The 2020 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used in previous years. Here’s how it works.

You’ll find the game preview posted separately on the front page two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).

At the same time, a StoryStream containing the preview will also post on the front page, titled “Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of week/date) game threads.” It will contain every thread related to that particular game, including the First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads, as well as the recap when it’s published. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads in the box marked “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). The StoryStream for each game can also be found in that section.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.



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