Pittsburgh Pirates (40-57, third in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (39-57, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Tuesday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Bryse Wilson (1-5, 6.52 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 38 strikeouts); Cubs: Keegan Thompson (7-4, 3.54 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 75 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs -183, Pirates +155
BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Cubs take a 1-0 lead into the latest game of the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Chicago has a 39-57 record overall and a 19-32 record in home games. Cubs hitters have a collective .321 on-base percentage, the seventh-best percentage in the majors.
Pittsburgh is 40-57 overall and 19-32 on the road. The Pirates are eighth in the NL with 99 total home runs, averaging one per game.
The matchup Tuesday is the 15th time these teams match up this season. The Pirates hold an 8-6 advantage in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Ian Happ has 24 doubles, two triples and nine home runs for the Cubs. Nico Hoerner is 11-for-38 with three doubles, a home run and six RBI over the last 10 games.
Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates with 29 extra base hits (11 doubles, three triples and 15 home runs). Oneil Cruz is 8-for-35 with a triple, a home run and four RBI over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 5-5, .249 batting average, 2.78 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs
Pirates: 3-7, .214 batting average, 4.15 ERA, outscored by 17 runs
INJURIES: Cubs: Andrelton Simmons: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Kyle Hendricks: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alec Mills: 15-Day IL (back), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (knee), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (groin), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Pirates: Jake Marisnick: 10-Day IL (toe), Chase De Jong: 15-Day IL (knee), Max Kranick: 60-Day IL (elbow), Canaan Smith-Njigba: 60-Day IL (wrist), Roberto Perez: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Blake Cederlind: 60-Day IL (elbow), Nick Mears: 60-Day IL (elbow)
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