5/23 Cubs lineup
The Cubs close their three-game series against the Pirates on Thursday at PNC Park, facing right-hander Jeanmar Gomez. Edwin Jackson gets the start. Here’s the lineup:
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* The Cubs have lost their last four games by one run, and now are 6-12 in one-run games this season. The 18 one-run games are tied for second-most in the Majors with the Royals (the Diamondbacks lead with 19) while their 12 one-run setbacks are tops in the Majors.
* Jackson has faced the Pirates as a member of six teams: the Dodgers in 2005, the Rays in 2008, the D-backs in 2010, the Cardinals in 2011, the Nationals in 2012 and the Cubs this year. This is his second start vs. the Bucs this year. He gave up two runs over five innings on April 3 at PNC Park in his Cubs debut. In his career, Jackson is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA in seven career starts against the Pirates.
* How good has the Cubs’ starters been? They’ve posted 28 quality starts this season, and have a 1.98 ERA in those games yet have won just 11. Only three NL teams have more quality starts than the Cubs: the Phillies (32), the Cardinals (30) and the Nationals (29). The Cardinals have won 20 of their QS, the Nats 16, the Phillies 15.
— Carrie Muskat