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

The Cubs, who have won four straight games, play their first home series of the second half against the Pirates.

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The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field on Monday for a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cubs (38-57) are riding a four-game winning streak after a three-game road sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cubs outscored the Phillies 25-7, which included a 15-run outburst in the series opener. It’s only the third time this season the Cubs have won four straight.

The Pirates (40-56) lost of two of three against the Miami Marlins to open the second half. Pittsburgh dropped the series with a 6-5 loss in 10 innings Sunday. The Pirates will see pitcher JT Brubaker return to the mound Monday. He tossed seven scoreless innings in his last outing, allowing three hits and striking out nine with two walks in a 5-4 loss to Marlins on July 13.

Injuries

Pittsburgh Pirates – Chase De Jong: 15-Day IL (knee), Bryan Reynolds: 10-Day IL (oblique), Max Kranick: 60-Day IL (elbow), Canaan Smith-Njigba: 60-Day IL (wrist), Roberto Perez: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Blake Cederlind: 60-Day IL (elbow), Nick Mears: 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), 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

Monday: JT Brubaker, RHP (2-8, 4.02 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) vs. Adrian Sampson, RHP (0-1, 3.34 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Tuesday: Bryse Wilson, RHP (1-5, 6.52 ERA, 1.65 WHIP) vs. Keegan Thompson, RHP (3-2, 3.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)

How to Watch

Monday: 7:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Tuesday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network, MLB Network (out-of-market only), ESPN+

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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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