There really isn’t much to say coming into this series other than we may have just found the only “offense” in the NL that is comparable to the Pirates’. In 44 games this season, the Cubs have scored 155 runs, which translates to 3.5 runs per game. While it’s higher than the Pirates’ absolutely horrific 2.9 runs per game, they are 14th in the NL, which is only two places higher than the Pirates’ socceresque offense. The bright side of this is that the Pirates are facing a team with the fourth highest ERA in the National League at 4.26, while the Pirates’ team ERA is the third lowest in the National League at 3.33. Other than that, the two teams have a few things in common. In their last ten games, both the Pirates (4-6) and the Cubs (1-9) have a losing record and they both lost in their previous series.