The Pittsburgh Pirates continue their home series on Wednesday taking on the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates are 5th in the NL Central and lost to Milwaukee 4-3 on Sunday. Pittsburgh has won just one of their last ten games and they carry a 31-44 home field record. The Pirates average 4.7 runs per game which ranks 19th in the league.
Dario Agrazal will make his 14th start of the season for the Pirates. Agrazal is 4-5 on the year with 67 innings pitched. Agrazal has 36 strikeouts, 18 walks, and carries a 5.08 ERA. Agrazal pitched 5 innings in his last start allowing 4 runs on 6 hits.
The Chicago Cubs are still alive but sit 4 games out of a wildcard spot. The Cubs are 3rd in the NL Central and lost to the Cardinals on Sunday. Chicago entered this series riding a six game losing streak and they have won four of their last en games. The Cubs carry a 31-44 road record.
Jon Lester will make his 31st start of the season for the Cubs. Lester is 13-10 on the year with 165 innings pitched. Lester has 161 strikeouts and 52 walks on the season. Lester pitched 5 innings in his last start allowing 1 run on 6 hits.