Williams scheduled to start for Pittsburgh against Chicago
Chicago; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
The Cubs are 17-16 against NL Central teams. Chicago has hit 143 home runs this season, ninth in the National League. Javier Baez leads them with 22, averaging one every 16.6 at-bats.
The Pirates are 18-20 against NL Central Division opponents. Pittsburgh leads the National League in hitting with a .270 batting average, Bryan Reynolds leads the club with an average of .338. The Cubs won the last meeting 10-4. Jon Lester earned his ninth victory and Lester went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for Chicago. Jordan Lyles registered his sixth loss for Pittsburgh.
TOP PERFORMERS: Baez leads the Cubs with 49 extra base hits and is batting .290. Kris Bryant is 13-for-36 with seven doubles, two home runs and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 5-5, .275 batting average, 5.15 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs
Pirates: 5-5, .312 batting average, 5.32 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs
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).
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), Steven Brault: 10-day IL (shoulder), Gregory Polanco: 10-day IL (shoulder), Corey Dickerson: day-to-day (groin), Lonnie Chisenhall: 60-day IL (finger), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL (collarbone), Francisco Cervelli: 10-day IL (concussion).