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

Chicago heads to Toronto without Adrian Sampson and Justin Steele because the pitchers are not vaccinated from COVID-19.
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The Chicago Cubs head north of the border to visit the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series starting Monday at Rogers Centre.

The Cubs (55-73) have lost three of their past four after a series loss at the Milwaukee Brewers. Chicago won the series opener, 4-3 in 10 innings, then dropped the next two, 7-0 and 9-7.

The Cubs will be without Justin Steele and Adrian Sampson for their series in Toronto. The pitchers are unable to enter Canada because of their vaccination status and the country's COVID-19 regulations. Because Sampson pitched fewer than three innings Sunday, the Cubs will be able to add two players to their roster for the trip.

The Blue Jays (68-58) won three straight and seven of their past eight before being swept by the Los Angeles Angels this past weekend. Toronto was shut out twice in the series -- 12-0 and 2-0 -- before an 8-3 loss in the series finale. Despite the sweep, the Blue Jays still hold a 1.5-game lead on the Baltimore Orioles for the last AL wild-card spot.

Injuries

Chicago Cubs – Patrick Wisdom: 10-Day IL (finger), Justin Steele: day-to-day (back), Alec Mills: 60-Day IL (back), Steven Brault: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Kyle Hendricks: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Jason Heyward: 60-Day IL (knee), Keegan Thompson: 15-Day IL (back), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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Probable Pitchers

Monday: Javier Assad, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP) vs. Jose Berrios, RHP (9-5, 5.28 ERA, 1.35 WHIP)

Tuesday: Marcus Stroman, RHP (3-6, 4.10 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) vs. Kevin Gausman, RHP (9-9, 3.15 ERA, 1.26 WHIP)

Wednesday: TBD vs. Mitch White, RHP (1-4, 4.24 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)

How to Watch

Monday: 6:07 p.m., Marquee Sports Network

Tuesday: 6:07 p.m., Marquee Sports Network

Wednesday: 6:07 p.m., Marquee Sports Network