pnc parkThe Cubs will try to swing a series split tonight against the Pirates after dropping last night’s rain-soaked affair (despite the efforts of superstar Luis Valbuena).

Jeff Samardzija goes for the Cubs, looking to confirm his bounce back after that one Brewers game. The Cubs face Edinson Volquez, who’s got a negative WAR on the year … so I think you know how this plays out.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (26-37) at Pittsburgh Pirates (31-34), 6:05 CT on WGN.

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Starting Pitchers

Jeff Samardzija (2.54 ERA, 3.04 FIP, 3.27 xFIP; 3.13 K/BB)


Edinson Volquez (4.27 ERA, 4.83 FIP, 4.20 xFIP; 2.09 K/BB)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Gregory Polanco, RF

2. Starling Marte, LF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Ike Davis, 1B

5. Russell Martin, C

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Jordy Mercer, SS

8. Clint Barmes, 2B

9. Edinson Volquez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2. Junior Lake, LF

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. Jeff Samardzija, P