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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Preview, Friday 5/13, 1:20 CT

The Cubs try to begin another winning streak.

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The Cubs went the longest of any team without losing consecutive games since the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics, who were 39-11 before they lost two in a row. That team, like this year's Cubs, was also 25-8. To get to 39-11, this year's Cubs would have to go 14-3 over their next 17 games, which seems hard... but when you're 25-8, anything seems possible.

That A's team wound up 104-48, a .684 winning percentage which would translate to 111 wins in a 162-game season. They won the World Series, beating... the Cubs.

The Cubs are 5-2 on the current homestand with three games remaining. 8-2 would be nice, wouldn't it?

Here's another interesting note about our team:

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Here are today's particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Soler LF, Russell SS, Ross C, Hammel P 

Pirates lineup:

Jaso 1B, McCutchen CF, Polanco RF, Marte LF, Cervelli C, Kang 3B, Harrison 2B, Mercer SS, Liriano P

Jason Hammel


Francisco Liriano

Jason Hammel threw five decent innings against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on May 2. He was taken out after 89 pitches, largely because the Cubs had a 6-2 lead at the time. He allowed a first-inning homer to Andrew McCutchen, but was largely untouched after that.

Francisco Liriano had a 2.13 ERA in two starts against the Cubs last year, but this year's Cubs might be able to take advantage of Liriano's walks -- 19 in 35 innings. He's also allowed five home runs already this year after giving up only 15 in 186⅔ innings all of 2015. His last start, May 10 vs. the Cardinals, was quite good: seven innings, two runs, 10 strikeouts. The Cubs have historically had trouble with Liriano; hopefully, today is different.

Today's game is on WGN. Outside the Chicago and Pittsburgh markets it's available nationally on MLB Network. It's also on 670 The Score and Sirius/XM 183.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

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The 2016 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used at the end of 2015. 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. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.

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.

Discuss amongst yourselves.