wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs will try to avoid the sweep today behind Edwin Jackson. He’s gotta have a great start at some point, right?

Today’s Stats Sunday writer for the WGN broadcast is none other than Sahadev Sharma – who is everywhere lately – and you can see his thoughts on the stolen base at WGNtv.com.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (37-25) at Chicago Cubs (24-35), 1:20 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jeff Locke (5-1, 2.45 ERA, 3.93 FIP)

versus

Edwin Jackson (1-8, 6.29 ERA, 3.65 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Travis Snider, RF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, 1B

5. Russell Martin, C

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Neil Walker, 2B

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. Jeff Locke, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Darwin Barney, 2B

2. Cody Ransom, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Scott Hairston, RF

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Starlin Castro, SS

8. Ryan Sweeney, CF

9. Edwin Jackson, P


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