Chicago takes 8-game skid into matchup with Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cubs -202; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago enters the matchup as losers of their last eight games.
The Pirates are 27-45 against NL Central teams. Pittsburgh ranks sixth in the majors in hitting with a .265 batting average, Bryan Reynolds leads the team with an average of .316.
The Cubs are 35-37 against teams from the NL Central. Chicago’s team on-base percentage of .327 is fourth in the National League. Anthony Rizzo leads the lineup with an OBP of .402. The Pirates won the last meeting 4-2. Michael Feliz earned his fourth victory and Erik Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Pittsburgh. Brad Wieck took his second loss for Chicago.
TOP PERFORMERS: Starling Marte leads the Pirates with 159 hits and is batting .295. Gonzalez has 12 hits and is batting .364 over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 2-8, .237 batting average, 7.03 ERA, outscored by 43 runs
Cubs: 2-8, .254 batting average, 4.50 ERA
Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: (elbow), Edgar Santana: (elbow), Chad Kuhl: (elbow), Kyle Crick: (finger), Nick Burdi: (biceps), Chris Archer: (shoulder), Bryan Reynolds: (leg), Gregory Polanco: (shoulder), Jason Martin: (shoulder), Starling Marte: (wrist), Lonnie Chisenhall: (finger), Josh Bell: (hamstring), Elias Diaz: (knee).
Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: (hand), Brandon Morrow: (elbow), Brandon Kintzler: (oblique), Cole Hamels: (shoulder), Kendall Graveman: (elbow), Xavier Cedeno: (wrist), Kris Bryant: (leg), Javier Baez: (thumb).