Pirates return from bad road trip for rematch with Cubs

pittsburgh pirates and visit chicago cubs No more straining your memory to prepare for your next series starting Monday

It was only last week that the Pirates Played three games in Chicago, no doubt a good memory for Chicago cub And a sour one for Pittsburgh. Chicago won all three games a collective 28–11.

cubafter that sweep PiratesExtended their winning streak to a season-high five games before losing 6-3 series finale against Baltimore on Sunday

cub Catcher Miguel Amaya left Sunday’s game after being hit by a pitch to his right hand or wrist

Chicago manager David Ross said, “The X-rays were negative. I think talking to the trainers he’ll be fine.” We will see how he feels (Monday) and go from there.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has been losing. Pirates Coming back from 0-6 six-game road trip

After drifting in Chicago, Pirates three losses in Milwaukee, including a 5-2 loss on Sunday in which the Pirates The Brewers led 2–1 before rallying with a four-run eighth.

Brian Reynolds’ two-run homer gave Pittsburgh their only scoring on Sunday, and the club managed only six runs in the three-game series.

“We haven’t played aggressively in this series,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said

“We have to get better. We weren’t good this series, and we have to find a way to get better. … We’ve got to make something click. Right now, with the exception of (Carlos) Santana and Reynolds, our Doesn’t have really good, consistent batting.”

Pittsburgh may get a lift on Monday. Catcher Henry Davis, the first overall draft pick in 2021, is expected to be recalled and make his big league debut, Shelton confirmed after multiple reports surfaced during Sunday’s game.

Davis was promoted from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis earlier this month. He only stayed with Indianapolis for 12 days and sat out his game on Sunday.

He had 10 hits including one home run and three RBI in 10 games at Triple-A.

“I’m excited,” Shelton said. “He deserves to be here. I think he showed that.”

In the series opener, Chicago left-hander Drew Smiley (6-4, 3.59 ERA) is expected to oppose Pittsburgh’s right-hander Osvaldo Biedo (0-0, 2.25).

It’s a rematch of Wednesday’s game, when Smiley came out with the win and Bedo, in his major league debut, didn’t get a decision despite a good outing.

Smiley gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings with four strikeouts and one walk, but had plenty of offensive support in Chicago’s 10–6 victory.

Smiley has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 contests this year.

Against Pittsburgh, Smiley is 3–3 with a 4.96 ERA in 10 career games, nine of them starts.

Bido will, of course, have some familiarity with cub, He gave up one run and struck out six in four innings on Wednesday before the Chicago offense came alive. so he will also have experience Pirates‘ bullpen falters, as has been the case so often this season

– Field Level Media