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Chatwood expected to start as Cubs host the Pirates

August 1, 2020 GMT

Pittsburgh Pirates (2-5, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (5-2, first in the NL Central)

Chicago; Saturday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Mitch Keller (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 2 strikeouts) Cubs: Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 1.50 ERA, .83 WHIP, 8 strikeouts)

BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Cubs square off against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

The Cubs finished 37-39 against NL Central Division opponents in 2019. Chicago pitchers had an ERA of 4.10 last season with a staff WHIP of 1.32.

The Pirates went 29-47 in division play in 2019. Pittsburgh hit 163 total home runs and averaged 9.2 hits per game last year.

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The teams meet for the first time this season. Chicago leads the season series 1-0.

INJURIES: Cubs: Brad Wieck: (hamstring), Jose Quintana: (left thumb), Daniel Descalso: (ankle).

Pirates: Jameson Taillon: (elbow), Clay Holmes: (right forearm), Kyle Crick: (right shoulder/lat), Chris Archer: (neck), Kevin Kramer: (hip), JT Riddle: (abdomen), Luke Maile: (finger).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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