Pitching matchup

Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77 ERA) vs. Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (19-8, 2.60)

About the Cubs

Jake Arrieta went 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA in five starts against Pittsburgh this season. That included a gem Sept. 27 when he tossed one-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, striking out nine without a walk. ... First baseman Anthony Rizzo is hitting .353 against Pirates' first-game starter Gerrit Cole. ... The Cubs had 12 hits off Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh's closer, the most by any team.

About the Pirates

Cole is 7-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 9 career starts against Chicago, including 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA this season. ... Cole went 9-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 15 starts at PNC Park this year. ... Starling Marte batted .288 with three homers and 10 RBI against Chicago this season. ... Mark Melancon collected five of his major league-leading 51 saves against Chicago.

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