Pittsburgh faces off against Chicago in division matchup
Chicago; Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Division rivals Chicago and Pittsburgh will play on Saturday.
The Cubs are 32-29 against opponents from the NL Central. Chicago has hit 233 home runs this season, seventh in the majors. Kyle Schwarber leads the club with 35, averaging one every 13.7 at-bats.
The Pirates have gone 25-40 against division opponents. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled a .267 batting average as a team this season, good for first in the National League. Bryan Reynolds leads the team with a a mark of .325. The Cubs won the last meeting 17-8. Jon Lester earned his 13th victory and Willson Contreras went 3-for-4 with two home runs and two RBIs for Chicago. Steven Brault took his fifth loss for Pittsburgh.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 5-5, .258 batting average, 4.03 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs
Pirates: 5-5, .263 batting average, 5.93 ERA, outscored by 11 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), Josh Bell: (hamstring).