Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Preview, Wednesday 8/3, 6:05 CT: Going For Four

The last time the Cubs won four games in a row, Theodore Roosevelt was President, radio hadn't been invented yet and horses still wandered Chicago streets.

No, wait. That's not right. Let me try again.

The last time the Cubs won four games in a row, Franklin Roosevelt was President, no Cubs game had ever been televised, and ...

Yeah, I know. It only seems like it's been that long. The Cubs' last winning streak of four was actually a winning streak of six, last September. They swept back-to-back three-game series in St. Louis and Florida against the Cardinals and Marlins. Feels like it was several presidents and technologies ago, doesn't it?

Maybe they can do it -- win -- again tonight.

Cubs lineup:

Castro SS, Barney 2B, Ramirez 3B, Peña 1B, Byrd CF, Soto C, Soriano LF, Colvin RF, Garza P

Pirates lineup:

McCutchen CF, Jones RF, Walker 2B, Lee 1B, Ludwick LF, Alvarez 3B, Cedeno SS, McKenry C, Morton P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Matt Garza
Matt Garza
Cubs
vs. Charlie Morton
Charlie Morton
Pirates
4-8 W-L 8-6
3.99 ERA 4.04
122 SO 67
44 BB 49
9 HR 5
vs. Pit -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Matt Garza 4-8 20 20 1 0 0 0 121.2 117 63 54 9 44 122 3.99 1.32


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Charlie Morton 8-6 19 19 2 1 0 0 111.1 125 58 50 5 49 67 4.04 1.56

Matt Garza had perhaps his weirdest start of the season against the Pirates on April 3 at Wrigley Field. He gave up 12 hits -- all singles -- and struck out 12, and left after seven with a 4-3 lead. I'm sure you can remember how that ended up. That's Matt's only career start vs. the Pirates. The bad news is his road ERA: 5.96. Maybe he should just start home games.

Charlie Morton hasn't started against the Cubs since last year. Early this year, people were saying his success was because he was modeling his style after that of Roy Halladay. And for a while, it worked -- he was 6-2 with a 2.52 ERA and 1.34 WHIP after defeating the Phillies on June 4. Since then? Not so much. Morton has a 7.18 ERA and 2.01 WHIP in eight starts since June 10, and remember this 2009 game when the Cubs rocked Morton for 10 runs and he didn't get out of the second inning? Maybe they can do that again tonight.

Today's game is on CSN Chicago Plus (again, check your cable system for channel) and ROOT Sports Pittsburgh. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Pirates site Bucs Dugout.

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 6:05 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 7 pm, 8 pm and 8:45 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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