Cubs face off against the Pirates in division matchup
Chicago; Friday, 4 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: NL Central rivals Chicago and Pittsburgh will face off on Friday.
The Cubs are 31-29 against NL Central opponents. The Chicago pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.06, Kyle Hendricks leads the staff with a mark of 3.33.
The Pirates have gone 25-39 against division opponents. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled a .266 batting average as a team this season, good for fifth in the majors. Bryan Reynolds leads the team with a mark of .327.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nicholas Castellanos leads the Cubs with 77 extra base hits and is slugging .518. Kyle Schwarber is 10-for-37 with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 5-5, .239 batting average, 3.62 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs
Pirates: 5-5, .243 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored by three runs
Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: (elbow), Chris Stratton: (torso), Edgar Santana: (elbow), Chad Kuhl: (elbow), Kyle Crick: (finger), Nick Burdi: (biceps), Chris Archer: (shoulder), Gregory Polanco: (shoulder), Jason Martin: (shoulder), Starling Marte: (wrist), Lonnie Chisenhall: (finger).