wrigley field inside featureHaving just swept the Brewers, the Cubs are now on the verge of being swept by the Pirates. Travis Wood completes the Cubs’ lefty triumvirate in this one, squaring off against young Pirates stud Gerrit Cole.

You can probably expect more strikeouts today for the Cubs, though it would be nice to see a big game from Javier Baez. Just feels like he could use it.

Jorge Soler gets a regularly scheduled day off.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (73-68) at Chicago Cubs (64-78), 1:20 CT on WGN

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Starting Pitchers

Gerrit Cole (3.86 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 3.61 xFIP; 2.62 K/BB)


Travis Wood (4.81 ERA, 4.28 FIP, 4.57 xFIP; 1.90 K/BB)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Jordy Mercer, SS

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Neil Walker, 2B

5. Russell Martin, C

6. Jose Tabata, RF

7. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

8. Brent Morel, 3B

9. Gerrit Cole, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Arismendy Alcantara, CF

2. Javier Baez, SS

3. Chris Coghlan, LF

4. Luis Valbuena, 3B

5. Welington Castillo, C

6. Mike Olt, 1B

7. Ryan Kalish, RF

8. Logan Watkins, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P