The Cubs’ (67-89, fourth in NL Central) latest losing streak reached six games after they were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Chicago’s current skid started during the Cubs’ final homestand, which ended with a 4-2 loss Sunday. The Cubs have a two-and-half game lead on the Washington Nationals for the seventh-worst record in the MLB. Chicago is also two games back of the Minnesota Twins for the eighth-worst record.
The good news is the Cubs aren’t as bad as the Pirates (58-98, fifth in NL Central), who hold the fourth-worst record in the MLB. Pittsburgh has lost four of its past five, with its lone win in that stretch a 6-0 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies to avoid a sweep. The Pirates enter the series after a 13-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in a makeup game.
Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Manuel Rodriguez (shoulder), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Jason Heyward (concussion), Michael Hermosillo (forearm), Patrick Wisdom (wrist), Alfonso Rivas (finger), Nick Madrigal (hamstring), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm), Robinson Chirinos (side).
Pirates: Bryse Wilson (hamstring), Duane Underwood Jr. (shoulder), Jose Soriano (elbow), Dillon Peters (back), Luis Oviedo (shoulder), Chase De Jong (knee), Blake Cederlind (elbow), Trevor Cahill (calf), JT Brubaker (shoulder), Steven Brault (arm), Michael Chavis (elbow), Jacob Stallings (concussion).
Tuesday: Alec Mills, RHP (6-7, 4.83 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) vs. Mitch Keller, RHP (5-11, 5.96 ERA, 1.75 WHIP)
Wednesday: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (14-7, 4.81 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) vs. TBA
Thursday: Justin Steele, LHP (0-0, 4.86 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) vs. TBA
How to Watch
Tuesday: 5:35 PM, Marquee Sports Network
Wednesday: 5:35 PM, Marquee Sports Network
Thursday: 5:35 PM, Marquee Sports Network
All times Central