Pittsburgh visits Chicago in division play
Chicago; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Trevor Williams (7-6, 5.21 ERA) Cubs: Jose Quintana (13-8, 4.15 ERA)
BOTTOM LINE: NL Central rivals Chicago and Pittsburgh will square off on Sunday.
The Cubs are 33-29 against teams from the NL Central. Chicago’s team on-base percentage of .328 is eighth in the MLB. Anthony Rizzo leads the club with an OBP of .399.
The Pirates are 25-41 against NL Central Division teams. Pittsburgh ranks fifth in the majors in hitting with a .267 batting average, Bryan Reynolds leads the team with an average of .323. The Cubs won the last meeting 14-1. Kyle Hendricks earned his 11th victory and Nico Hoerner went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Chicago. James Marvel took his second loss for Pittsburgh.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nicholas Castellanos leads the Cubs with 81 extra base hits and is slugging .529. Jason Heyward is 11-for-28 with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 5-5, .271 batting average, 4.03 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs
Pirates: 4-6, .257 batting average, 7.03 ERA, outscored by 25 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).