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The Pirates' Week Ahead
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09/22/2002 6:46 pm ET 
The Pirates' Week Ahead
By Ed Eagle / MLB.com

The Pirates will close out the home portion of their schedule with a three-game series against the New York Mets at PNC Park before wrapping up the 2002 season against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Bucs have not faced the Mets since opening the season at Shea Stadium six months ago. Pittsburgh won two of its three games against New York on its way to a surprising 12-5 start to the season.

Conversely, the Bucs have faced the Cubs 16 times this season, including a three-game set at PNC Park this past weekend. They have split their six games at historic Wrigley Field in 2002.

This Week at a Glance

Mets at Pirates
Schedule: Tuesday, 7:05 ET; Wednesday, 7:05 ET; Thursday, 7:05 ET

Head to head: Pittsburgh is 2-1 against the Mets this season.

Worth seeing: Rookie Josh Fogg will be making his first career start against the Mets Tuesday night. Fogg will try to finish up strong in his last two starts after dropping four of his previous five decisions. Even with his recent slide, Fogg's 12 wins are the most by a Pirates rookie since Mike Dunne went 13-6 in 1987.

What to look for: Brian Giles was injured for the opening series against the Mets and did not play. New York has had more success containing Giles than any other team. In 21 games against the Mets, Giles has hit just .227 with three home runs and seven RBIs.

Pirates @ Cubs
Schedule: Friday, 3:20 ET; Saturday, 4:05 ET; Sunday, 2:20 ET

Head to Head: The Pirates are 8-8 against the Cubs this season.

Worth seeing: Kip Wells will conclude what has been a fantastic first season with the Pirates on Friday afternoon. In his first 32 starts, Wells is 12-14 with a solid 3.56 ERA in 192 1/3 innings pitched. Wells has also been remarkably consistent, holding the opposition to three earned runs or less in all but five of his starts.

What to look for: Giles needs just five RBIs in the last week to go over the 100-RBI mark for the third time in four seasons. His 35 home runs are four off his career-best of 39 set in 1999. His 129 walks have already established a team mark for left-handed batters. He needs just eight more to match the overall club record of 137 set in 1951 by Ralph Kiner.

Who's hot: Giles has gone 10-for-18 (.556) in his last five games. Starter Kris Benson has won his last five decisions.

Promotions: Fan Appreciation Night, September 26

Last Week: The Pirates went 4-3. They were 2-2 against the Reds and 2-1 against the Cubs.

Ed Eagle is a reporter for MLB.Com and can be reached at ed.eagle@pittsburghpirates.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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