pnc parkThe Cubs head to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates, who are going to make the playoffs, but who are still fighting to win the NL Central. Doing so would allow them to avoid the Wild Card play-in game, and the unpredictability thereof.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (62-83) at Pittsburgh Pirates (84-61), 6:05 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.89 ERA, 4.44 FIP)

versus

Jeff Locke (9-5, 3.23 ERA, 3.95 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Josh Harrison, 2B

2. Jordy Mercer, SS

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Justin Morneau, 1B

5. Marlon Byrd, RF

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Russell Martin, C

8. Jose Tabata, LF

9. Jeff Locke, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Donnie Murphy, 3B

5. Junior Lake, LF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Darnell McDonald, RF

8. Ryan Sweeney, CF

9. Chris Rusin, P




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