Pittsburgh Pirates series takeaways vs. Chicago Cubs

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Aug 4, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; General view as the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates came off a fairly successful 4-2 road trip where they swept the Minnesota Twins in a two-game series and split four games against the Cincinnati Reds. However you choose to look at it, a winning road trip is always a good thing.

The Pirates then turned their attention to the red-hot Chicago Cubs, winners of five in a row. The Cubs are also on the cusp of making the NL Wildcard race very, very interesting. The Pirates have been there, done that the last couple years, but the Cubs are young, hungry and looking to establish themselves as contenders. Could the Pirates fend off the Cubs in this important early August series?

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