Series Preview: Cubs vs. Pirates (July 12-14)

Cubs baseball is back! The Cubs open a 3-game series today against the Pirates fresh off the All-Star break.

The Games

  • Friday – 1:20 pm CDT: (MLB Network, NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score)
  • Saturday – 1:20 pm CDT: (WGN, 670 The Score)
  • Sunday – 1:20 pm CDT: (ABC 7, 670 The Score)

The Pitchers

  • Friday – RHP Yu Darvish vs. RHP Chris Archer
  • Saturday – LHP Jon Lester vs. RHP Jordan Lyles
  • Sunday – LHP Jose Quintana vs. RHP Trevor Williams

The Last Series

  • Cubs split 2 games with the White Sox: (6-3, 1-3)
  • Pirates beat Milwaukee 2 out of 3: (6-7, 12-2, 6-5)

Who’s Hot (Pirates)

  • 2B Adam Frazier is hitting.426 with 10 RBI in his last 15 games.
  • 1B Josh Bell has 7 home runs and 18 RBI in his last 15 games.

Important Injuries (Pirates)

  • C Francisco Cervelli is on the 10-day IL with concussion symptoms. He’s out the series.
  • OF Lonnie Chisenhall is on the 60-day IL with multiple injuries. He’s out for the series.
  • OF Gregory Polanco is on the 10-day IL with left shoulder inflammation. He may be available in the series.
  • RHP Jameson Taillon is on the 60-day IL with a right arm injury. He’s out for the series.

Who’s Hot (Cubs)

  • 3B Kris Bryant is hitting. 351 in his last 15 games.
  • RF Jason Heyward has 4 home runs and 7 RBI in his last 15 games.

Important Injuries (Cubs)

  • LHP Cole Hamels is on the 10-day IL with a left oblique strain. He’s out for the series.
  • RHP Carl Edwards Jr. is on the 10-day IL with a left thoracic strain. He’s possibly available for the series.

Other Notes

  • The Cubs played Pittsburgh last week on the road. They lost 3 out of 4. Overall this season, the Cubs are 3-4 against the Pirates.

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