Cubs to face Pirates on the road
LINE: Cubs favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
The Pirates are 15-16 against the rest of their division. Pittsburgh ranks fifth in the majors in hitting with a .268 batting average, Bryan Reynolds leads the team with an average of .351.
The Cubs are 14-15 against teams from the NL Central. The Chicago pitching staff owns a team ERA of 4.15, Yu Darvish leads the staff with a mark of 4.98. The Pirates won the last meeting 5-1. Clay Holmes notched his first victory and Adam Frazier went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs for Pittsburgh. Kyle Hendricks took his sixth loss for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 7-3, .323 batting average, 3.34 ERA, outscored opponents by 37 runs
Cubs: 4-6, .269 batting average, 5.65 ERA, outscored by 10 runs
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), Chris Archer: day-to-day (hip), Gregory Polanco: 10-day IL (shoulder), Lonnie Chisenhall: 60-day IL (finger), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL (collarbone), Francisco Cervelli: 10-day IL (concussion).
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).