Breaking down Wednesday's Cubs-Pirates game
Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel's inside look at Wednesday's game:
• The average age of the Pirates' roster is 28.3 years, compared to 28.6 last season. It's the lowest since 2011, when the Pirates were an average of 27.6 years old. The oldest player this year is closer Jason Grilli (37) and the youngest is RHP Gerrit Cole (23).
• Edwin Jackson, 30, is starting his second year with the Cubs. He's made 30 or more starts in each of the past seven seasons, and is one of just four pitchers age 30 or younger to do so. The others are Matt Cain, Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander. Despite that success, he's never set down roots. Jackson has pitched for the Dodgers, Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals, Nationals and Cubs over the past 11 seasons.
The Pirates will start two left-handers, Francisco Liriano and Wandy Rodriguez, in this series. It's the first time in 11 years that Chicago faced two southpaws in the first three games of a season. It last happened in 2003, when the Mets used lefties Tom Glavine and Al Leiter.
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