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Cubs need to get offense going vs. Pirates

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have always found reason to remain optimistic despite the times this season when they have struggled to score runs. The reason? Boasting the National League's best record and holding down the top spot in the Central Division have kept them from losing hope.

But as the Cubs wind down the regular season this week starting with Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the reality of a tight-knit race in the Central and the inability to push runs across at critical times no longer can be ignored.

The Cubs were unable to do their part in reducing their magic number following a 5-1 loss to the Pirates on Monday in which Chicago left the bases loaded once and stranded a runner in scoring position with the Cubs trailing by a pair of runs. Chicago's lone run on Monday came on a solo home run by pitcher Cole Hamels.

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Leaders
AVG: B. Zobrist.311
HR: J. Báez34
RBI: J. Báez110
SB: J. Báez21
W: J. Lester17
ERA: J. Lester3.43
Saves: B. Morrow22
K: K. Hendricks159
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 9165.583-
Milwaukee 9067.5731.5
St. Louis 8770.5544.5
Pittsburgh 7976.51011.5
Cincinnati 6691.42025.5
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General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .259 (3)
Runs: 731 (10)
Hits: 1398 (2)
Home Runs: 163 (22)
Stolen Bases: 64 (24)
OBP: .334 (2)
SLG: .412 (14)
Total Bases: 2226 (11)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.67 (5)
Runs Allowed: 619 (5)
Saves: 45 (7)
Strikeouts: 1282 (18)
OpBA: .240 (10)
OBP: .322 (19)
SLG: .377 (5)
Run Support: 4.66 (12)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/22 M. Freeman Purchased From Minors
9/21 A. Russell Placed on Restricted List
9/19 B. Morrow Transferred to 60-Day DL (Right biceps inflammation)
9/19 A. Webster Purchased From Minors
9/16 J. Heyward Removed From 10-Day DL (Right hamstring tightness)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/23 K. Bryant Left shoulder (day-to-day)
9/14 P. Strop Strained left hamstring (day-to-day)
9/7 B. Zobrist Stiff neck (day-to-day)
9/4 M. Zagunis Right shoulder inflammation (on 60-day DL)
8/31 J. Heyward off 10-day DL
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