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Cubs at Pirates Series Preview: Probables, How to Watch, and More

Chicago, which is on a six-game losing streak, starts its final road trip of the 2021 season with a three-game series in Pittsburgh.

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The Chicago Cubs start their final road trip of the 2021 season with a three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

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.

Injuries

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).

Probable Pitchers

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

Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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