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Cubs vs. Orioles Series Preview: How to Watch, Probables, and More

The Cubs return to Wrigley Field to host a red-hot Baltimore team, which has won a season-high eight straight games.

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The Chicago Cubs finish the first half of the season with a six-game homestand, starting with a two-game set against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

The Cubs (34-52) will follow their series against the Orioles (43-44) with a four-game set against the New York Mets (54-33).

Chicago showed some fight in a four-game road sweep against the NL-leading Los Angeles Dodgers this past weekend. The Cubs kept every game within at least two runs and pushed the second game to extra innings (4-3 loss). The North Siders had won two of three against the Milwaukee Brewers and seven of their past 10 heading into the series in Los Angeles.

The Orioles (43-44) are just below .500 in the toughest AL division. Baltimore is on a tear with eight straight wins: one at Minnesota, a three-game sweep of Texas, and a four-game sweep of the Angels at home. Most of the Orioles’ wins during this stretch have been low-scoring games.

Injuries

Baltimore Orioles – Austin Hays: day-to-day (wrist), Travis Lakins: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kyle Bradish: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alexander Wells: 60-Day IL (elbow), Chris Ellis: 60-Day IL (shoulder), John Means: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Chicago Cubs – Kyle Hendricks: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alec Mills: 15-Day IL (back), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (knee), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Daniel Norris: 15-Day IL (finger), Frank Schwindel: 10-Day IL (back), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (groin), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Probable Pitchers

Tuesday: Adrian Sampson, RHP (0-0, 2.91 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) vs. Jordan Lyles, RHP (5-7, 4.50 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)

Wednesday: Justin Steele, LHP (3-5, 4.13 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) vs. Spenser Watkins, RHP (2-1, 4.15 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

How to Watch

Tuesday: 7:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Wednesday: 7:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

All times Central

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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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