During the second half, Hammel has really been rolling, going 6-2 with a 2.68 ERA. His last two starts have resulted in his only two losses of the second half. Wrigley field seems to be the perfect place for Hammel to rebound and recover
The Cubs will welcome Tommy La Stella back to the lineup also. He will bat seventh and play second base, giving Ben Zobrist a second consecutive off day.
Ryan Vogelsong (3-3, 3.02 ERA) will make his 18th appearance of the season, eighth start, for the Pirates. He is 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA in August, recording his longest outing (5 1/3 innings) of that span last Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
“He reminds me of the generation that I kind of grew up with and played with. He’s still got the core values. He’s done what he need to do to improve himself and get better and he’s had a very consistent and strong system in his own skill set,” Clint Hurdle said before the game.
Vogelsong suffered an eye injury earlier in the season against Colorado Rockies’ starter Jordan Lyles, sidelining him until August 4th.
“I don’t think he’s the same guy,” Hurdle said. “There’s probably a little bit of a velocity gap from what he was able to do. However, the experience, the makeup on the mound, awareness of the league, knowledge of hitters, belief in himself and his skill set plays up very well.”
The Cubs will stay home following Wednesday’s game to face the Giants before traveling to Milwaukee, Houston, and St. Louis for their next 10 games. Chicago is 16-13 against the NL West this year.
The lineups for the game are as follows:
8/31 @Cubs lineup vs PIT Fowler CF Bryant 3B Rizzo 1B Soler LF Heyward RF Russell SS La Stella 2B Contreras C Hammel P