The Friday MLB schedule will get underway with a matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs from Wrigley Field. On Thursday, Pittsburgh fell short in the rubber game of their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers by an 8-7 final score. The Pirates have split their first 62 games and six games behind division leading Milwaukee.
Twenty-five year old righty Chad Kuhl (4-3 3.86 ERA) will take the mound for the Pirates in this matchup. Kuhl is winless in his last five starts and has allowed just 11 runs over his last 28 plus innings of work.
The Chicago Cubs are the most talented team in the NL Central Division and are starting to hit their stride. On Thursday, Anthony Rizzo homered and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to lead the Cubs to a 4-3 victory versus Philadelphia. Chicago is 11 games above .500 overall and just a half-game out of first place.
Twenty-eight year old southpaw Mike Montgomery (1-1 3.89 ERA) will make his third start of the season for the Cubs. Through 37 innings, Montgomery has allowed three home runs and owns a solid 1.14 WHIP.