Chicago opens 3-game series at home against Pirates
Chicago; Friday, 2 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago hosts Pittsburgh to begin a three game series.
The Cubs are 15-16 against opponents from the NL Central. The Chicago pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.12, Kyle Hendricks leads the staff with a mark of 3.49.
The Pirates are 18-18 against teams from the NL Central. Pittsburgh leads the National League in hitting with a .271 batting average, Bryan Reynolds leads the team with an average of .347.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 4-6, .264 batting average, 5.85 ERA, outscored by six runs
Pirates: 6-4, .312 batting average, 4.35 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs
Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: 60-day IL (hand), Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Cole Hamels: 10-day IL (oblique), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Carl Edwards Jr.: 10-day IL (shoulder), Xavier Cedeno: 10-day IL (wrist).
Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: 60-day IL (elbow), Edgar Santana: 60-day IL (elbow), Chad Kuhl: 60-day IL (elbow), Keone Kela: 60-day IL (shoulder), Rookie Davis: 10-day IL (finger/forearm), Nick Burdi: 60-day IL (biceps), Steven Brault: 10-day IL (shoulder), Gregory Polanco: 10-day IL (shoulder), Corey Dickerson: day-to-day (groin), Lonnie Chisenhall: 60-day IL (finger), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL (collarbone), Francisco Cervelli: 10-day IL (concussion).