Pittsburgh Pirates (40-56, third in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-57, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Monday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABIES: Pirates: JT Brubaker (2-8, 4.02 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 97 strikeouts); Boys: Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.62 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 23 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTS LINE: Cubs -150, Pirates +127; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
SUMMARY: The Chicago Cubs host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday to start a two-game streak.
Chicago has an 18-32 record at home and a 38-57 record overall. The Cubs have hit 96 total home runs and are ninth in the NL.
Pittsburgh is 19-31 on the road and 40-56 overall. The Pirates have gone 18-8 in games when they hit at least two home runs.
The teams meet on Monday for the 14th time this season. The Pirates lead the season series 8-5.
TOP PERFORMER: Patrick Wisdom leads the Cubs with 37 extra base hits (20 doubles and 17 home runs). Nelson Velazquez is 6-for-20 with a double, four homers and eight RBI in his last 10 games.
Ke’Bryan Hayes has 16 doubles, three triples and four homers while hitting a .248 for the Pirates. Jake Marisnick is 10-to-28 with four doubles and two homers in his last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 4-6, .243 batting average, 3.29 ERA, surpassed by one run
Pirates: 4-6, .221 batting average, 4.00 ERA, surpassed by 12 runs
INJURIES: Boys: Andrelton Simmons: 10 days IL (shoulder), Kyle Hendricks: 15 days IL (shoulder), Alec Mills: 15 days IL (back), Jason Heyward: 10 days IL (knee), Michael Hermosillo: 60 days IL (quadriceps), Nick Madrigal: 10 days IL (groin), Wade Miley: 15 days IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60 days IL (elbows), Ethan Roberts: 60 days IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60 days IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60 days IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60 days IL (elbow)
Pirates: Chase De Jong: 15 days IL (knee), Bryan Reynolds: 10 days IL (oblique), Max Kranick: 60 days IL (elbow), Canaan Smith-Njigba: 60 days IL (wrist), Roberto Perez: 60- Day IL (hamstring), Blake Cederlind: 60-day IL (elbow), Nick Mears: 60-day IL (elbow)
The Associated Press created this story using Data Skrive technology and data from Sportradar.
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