Pittsburgh faces Chicago, aims to build on Musgrove’s strong outing
Pittsburgh; Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cubs favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 runs
Pittsburgh heads into the matchup fresh off a dominant performance by Joe Musgrove. Musgrove threw 7 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs while striking out nine.
The Pirates are 21-35 against the rest of their division. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled a .266 batting average as a team this season, good for sixth in the league. Bryan Reynolds leads the team with an average of .337.
The Cubs are 27-24 against NL Central Division opponents. Chicago’s team on-base percentage of .327 is eighth in the majors. Anthony Rizzo leads the team with an OBP of .386. The Pirates won the last meeting 3-2. Keone Kela earned his second victory and Starling Marte went 1-for-4 for Pittsburgh. Brandon Kintzler took his second loss for Chicago.
TOP PERFORMERS: Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 98 RBIs and is batting .283. Reynolds is 14-for-40 with three doubles, four home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 3-7, .261 batting average, 5.55 ERA, outscored by seven runs
Cubs: 3-7, .249 batting average, 5.93 ERA, outscored by 15 runs
Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: (elbow), Edgar Santana: (elbow), Richard Rodriguez: (shoulder), Chad Kuhl: (elbow), Nick Burdi: (biceps), Gregory Polanco: (shoulder), Lonnie Chisenhall: (finger), Francisco Cervelli: (concussion).
Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: (hand), Brandon Morrow: (elbow), Brandon Kintzler: (pectoral), Craig Kimbrel: (knee), Kendall Graveman: (elbow), Steve Cishek: (hip), Xavier Cedeno: (wrist), Daniel Descalso: (ankle), Willson Contreras: (hamstring).