The Chicago Cubs open a seven-game homestand Friday when they start a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs (47-50, fourth in NL Central) went 3-4 during their seven-game road trip to open the unofficial second half of the season. Chicago took two of three to start against the Diamondbacks in Arizona then lost three of four against the St. Louis Cardinals. Three of the last four games in St. Louis were decided by one run.
The Diamondbacks (30-68, fifth in NL West) have won four straight, including a three-game sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is Arizona's first four-game winning streak since April 18-22. Arizona outscored Pittsburgh 21-12 in the series, including an 11-run offensive outburst in the second game.
People will be on hug watch for each team, with the Diamondbacks and Cubs each in sell mode with seven days remaining until the July 30 MLB trade deadline.
Diamondbacks: Luke Weaver (shoulder), Seth Frankoff (forearm), Chris Devenski (elbow), Taylor Clarke (lat), Ketel Marte (hamstring), Josh Rojas (finger), Asdrubal Cabrera (hamstring), Carson Kelly (wrist)
Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Rowan Wick (oblique), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Jake Arrieta (hamstring), Matt Duffy (back), Kris Bryant (hamstring), David Bote (shoulder), Austin Romine (left wrist), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm)
Friday: Zac Gallen, RHP (1-4, 3.86 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) vs. Zach Davies, RHP (5-6, 4.35 ERA, 1.48 WHIP)
Saturday: Merrill Kelly, RHP (6-7, 4.46 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) vs. Alec Mills, RHP (4-3, 4.64 ERA, 1.43 WHIP)
Sunday: Caleb Smith, LHP (3-6, 4.38 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) vs. Trevor Williams, RHP (3-2, 5.68 ERA, 1.62 WHIP)
How to Watch
Friday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Saturday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Sunday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network
All times Central