* The Pirates took two of the three games from the Cubs in their season-opening series last week. Pittsburgh improved to 14-8 versus Chicago since the beginning of 2013.
* With the exception of a 12-run explosion against the Cardinals on Friday, the Pirates have totaled just 10 runs in their other five games combined. Pittsburgh has been limited to six hits or fewer in four of the six games overall.
* Similarly, the Cubs matched their previous output through their first five games by hanging eight runs on the scoreboard Sunday. It was just the fifth time in the past 100 years (since 1914) that Chicago scored at least eight runs despite being limited to six hits or fewer.
* After permitting no runs in 6.0 innings against the Cubs last week, Charlie Morton has surrendered just seven hits, two walks and no runs over 13.0 innings in his last two starts versus Chicago. He’s also allowed just one home run in 14 starts overall dating back to last July 27.
* Edwin Jackson has allowed exactly one earned run in each of his last three starts against the Pirates. He’s gone 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a .169 average allowed over the three outings.
* Emilio Bonifacio is still batting .500 after going 3-for-9 over his last two games. His 14 hits are the most by any Cub through six team games since Randy Jackson (16) in 1954.