The Chicago Cubs have a quick two-game set against the Minnesota Twins, starting Tuesday at Target Field.
The Cubs (57-75, fourth in NL Central) have lost three of their past four after a 13-1 loss to the AL Central Division-leading Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The North Siders were outscored 30-21 in the series against the White Sox.
While the Cubs are trying out young pitchers as starters, they've already discovered another player as a success story this season in Patrick Wisdom. The 30-year-old is two home runs shy of surpassing Kris Bryant's Cubs rookie record of 26 home runs in 2015. Wisdom is hitting .259/.321/.586 with a 138 wRC+ in 275 plate appearances this season.
The Twins (58-73, fifth in AL Central) have won three of their past four, including two of three against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Minnesota is coming off a 3-2 road win against the Detroit Tigers in a makeup of a July 16 game that was postponed due to inclement weather.
The Cubs hold the seventh-worst record in the MLB, and are a half-game up on the Washington Nationals. The Twins' win Monday helped them leap the Cubs in the standings.
Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Dillon Maples (blister), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay (hamstring), Nick Madrigal (hamstring), Nico Hoerner (oblique), David Bote (ankle), Sergio Alcantara (ankle), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm), Willson Contreras (knee)
Twins: Lewis Thorpe (shoulder), Cody Stashak (back), Devin Smeltzer (elbow), Taylor Rogers (finger), Michael Pineda (oblique), Kenta Maeda (forearm), Derek Law (shoulder), Luke Farrell (oblique), Randy Dobnak (finger), Edwar Colina (elbow), Alex Kirilloff (wrist), Kyle Garlick (hernia), Mitch Garver (back)
Tuesday: Zach Davies, RHP (6-10, 5.00 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) vs. John Gant, RHP (4-8, 4.00 ERA, 1.52 WHIP)
Wednesday: Justin Steele, LHP (2-2, 4.15 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) vs. TBA
How to Watch
Tuesday: 7:10 PM, Marquee Sports Network
Wednesday: 7:10 PM, Marquee Sports Network
All times Central