The Cubs find themselves in second place in this game and that is quite a shocker for the team. However, the Cubs are trailing the Brewers by only 4.5 games and that is easily within striking distance if the Cubs are able to play some great ball in Pittsburgh. The Pirates for their part are only a game and a half back from the Cubs in the standings and that is definitely something the Pirates would like to change here.
With the Cubs they have seen a lot of the power coming from Javier Baez on the year. Baez on the season has been able to hit a total of 13 homers and driven in 42 runs. He has been able to hit at a clip of .269 so far this season.
The Pirates have have relied on Corey Dickerson to do most of the hitting for them. He is hitting at a clip of .311 on the season with 31 runners brought home. However, Dickerson has managed to only get 5 homers.
Kyle Hendricks is the pitcher going to the mound for the Cubs in this game. On the year Hendricks has been able to get a total of 62.2 innings thrown and struck out 51 batters while posting a 4-3 record and an ERA that sits at 3.16.
The Pirates are countering with Joe Musgrove. Musgrove on the year has been able to throw in only 7 innings this year in 1 start, but did get 7 strikeouts and has posted a 1-0 record and an ERA of 0.00.