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Sunday, Sept. 25, the Pittsburgh Pirates (56-96) face the Chicago Cubs (66-86) at PNC Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

The Pirates were victorious Saturday night, 6-0 against the Cubs., For just the fifth time all season, the Pirates won by shutting out their opponent.

The game will be aired on AT&T Sportsnet PIT and can be heard on 93.7 The Fan

Weather

The weather is looking extremely miserable. The temperature is expected to be around 67 degrees with a 40-70% chance of rain and thunderstorms through 6 p.m. Will they be able to play the game?

Starters

Toeing the rubber for the Pirates will be rookie Luis Ortiz (0-0, 0.84 ERA).

Ortiz is off to a fast start in the majors. In his two starts, Ortiz has managed to go 10.2 innings combined and allowed just four hits, one earned run, 10 strikeouts, and five walks. Ortiz has barely thrown a changeup at a 3.8% rate, but his four-seam (59.9%) and slider (36.3%) have proven to be effective so far.

Starting for the Cubs will be right-hander Adrian Sampson (2-5, 3.35 ERA).

Sampson has been on a roll in September. Over his last 23 innings pitched, Sampson’s ERA stands at 1.57 while allowing just one home run and seven walks.

Betting Odds

There is no clear favorite on the moneyline as the betting opens. The Cubs stand at -104, and the Pirates open at -112. Chicago’s runline of -1.5 can be had at +160 odds, whereas Pittsburgh’s +1.5 can be had at -192. The O/U opens at 8 runs.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

Who’s Hot: Rodolfo Castro registered his 10th multi-hit game Saturday since being recalled by the Pirates on Aug. 9. Castro went 2 for 4 with a double.

Who’s Not: Michael Chavis went hitless Saturday night. The last time Chavis registered a hit was on Sept. 16 against the New York Mets. Chavis has had just eight hits in his last 48 at-bats (.167 BA).

Tidbits

  • Ji-Hwan Bae became the 14th Pirates player to make his major league debut in 2022. Last year, it happened eight times..
  • The only other teams to have more major league debuts than the Pirates this season are the Oakland Athletics (18), Cubs (17), and Cleveland Guardians (16).
  • Jack Suwinski hit his 15th home run for the Pirates at PNC Park on Saturday. The last Pirates player to hit 15 or more home runs at PNC Park in a season was Josh Bell in 2019 with 17. The stadium is 18 by Brian Giles in 2001, the year the ballpark opened.

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