pnc parkThe winner of tonight’s game will be the only one with a chance to win the four-game set.

Jason Hammel goes tonight for the Cubs, and he’s been one of the best starters in baseball this year. No qualifiers necessary. He’s just been consistently damn good.

Emilio Bonifacio gets the night off, which means your fill-in leadoff man is … Chris Coghlan.

(UPDATE: The rains came for a while, but the game is tentatively slated to start at 7:40pm CT.)

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (26-36) at Pittsburgh Pirates (30-34), 6:05 CT on CSN.

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Starting Pitchers

Jason Hammel (2.53 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 3.44 xFIP; 4.38 K/BB)


Brandon Cumpton (6.51 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 4.26 xFIP; 2.50 K/BB)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Josh Harrison, 2B

2. Gregory Polanco, RF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Ike Davis, 1B

5. Russell Martin, C

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Starling Marte, LF

8. Jordy Mercer, SS

9. Brandon Cumpton, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Justin Ruggiano, CF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Nate Schierholtz, RF

7. John Baker, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jason Hammel, P

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