Cubs Take First Crack At Winning 20 In Series Finale With Pittsburgh

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It’s getaway day for the Chicago Cubs, which means an early start for today’s series finale with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Behind yet another dominating performance from Jake Arrieta, the Cubs won last night’s contest in Pittsburgh, 7-1, to improve their record to a Major League-best 19-6 and will go for the sweep today at PNC Park. They’ll also have the first shot in the big leagues at win number 20 on the year. The White Sox will have their chance later tonight at U.S. Cellular Field against the Boston Red Sox.

Speaking of the Red Sox, Jon Lester will take the mound today for the Cubs in search of his third victory of the 2016 season. The left-hander was solid in his last outing against the Braves, giving up only one earned run on seven scattered hits in seven innings last Friday, also tying a season high with 10 strikeouts. Lester took a no-decision in the Cubs’ 6-1 victory.

The Pirates will counter with 29-year-old right-hander Juan Nicasio, whose last start was his best outing of the year. Nicasio threw seven scoreless innings against the Reds last Friday and gave up only three hits while striking out a season-high eight. He hasn’t started a game against the Cubs since 2013.

Here’s everything else you need to know about today’s series finale.

Chicago Cubs (19-6) at Pittsburgh Pirates (15-12)

Time: 11:35 AM CT

Location: PNC Park

Radio: 670 The Score

TV: CSN, MLBN (out-of-market only)

Starting Pitchers: Jon Lester (2-1, 1.83 ERA) vs Juan Nicasio (3-2, 3.33 ERA)

Starting Lineups

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Position Player vs Nicasio AVG. 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
CF Dexter Fowler 1-1 1.000 1 0 0 0 0 0
2B Tommy La Stella 1-2 .500 0 0 0 1 0 0
LF Kris Bryant 1-2 .500 0 0 0 0 0 1
1B Anthony Rizzo 0-7 .000 0 0 0 0 2 2
RF Ben Zobrist
3B Javier Baez 1-1 1.000 0 0 1 2 0 0
SS Addison Russell
C David Ross 2-7 .286 1 0 0 1 0 3
P Jon Lester

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Position Player vs Lester AVG. 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
SS Jordy Mercer 1-3 .333 1 0 0 0 0 1
CF Andrew McCutchen 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 0 4
3B David Freese 1-6 .167 0 0 0 0 0 3
LF Starling Marte 3-10 .300 1 0 0 0 0 2
C Francisco Cervelli 3-15 .200 0 0 0 2 1 2
1B Sean Rodriguez 8-35 .229 3 0 1 5 4 14
2B Josh Harrison 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 0 2
RF Gregory Polanco 0-3 .000 0 0 0 0 0 2
P Juan Nicasio