Who: Chicago Cubs (12-7) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (11-10)
When: Wednesday, April 29, 7:05 PM CT
Where: Wrigley Field

TV: CSN
Game Time Forecast: 47 Degrees, Partly Cloudy
Line: Pirates -113 Over/Under- 7 Total Runs

The Cubs are rolling, with four straight wins and a 12-7 record, sitting one game behind the Cardinals for the National League Central lead as we approach the end of April. Tonight at Wrigley, the Cubs go for a big three-game sweep of the Pirates, a team that figures to be right there with the Cubs in the thick of the NL Central and Wild Card race all year.

Here's some more info to get you ready for the game...

Lineups

Cubs:
1. Dexter Fowler, CF (.288 AVG, 1 HR, .804 OPS)
2. Jorge Soler, RF (.260 AVG, 2 HR, .749 OPS)
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (.323 AVG, 2 HR, .954 OPS)
4. Kris Bryant, 3B (.341 AVG, 0 HR, .910 OPS)
5. Miguel Montero, C (.214 AVG, 3 HR, .752 OPS)
6. Starlin Castro, SS (.342 AVG, 2 HR, .796 OPS)
7. Chris Coghlan, LF (.241 AVG, 3 HR, .787 OPS)
8. Kyle Hendricks, P (.173 AVG, 0 HR, .286 OPS)
9. Jonathan Herrera, 2B (.226 AVG, 0 HR, .540 OPS)

Pirates:
1. Gregory Polanco, RF (.284 AVG, 1 HR, .722 OPS)
2. Jordy Mercer, SS (.179 AVG, 0 HR, .444 OPS)
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF (.179 AVG, 2 HR, .595 OPS)
4. Neil Walker, 2B (.286 AVG, 1 HR, .746 OPS)
5. Starling Marte, LF (.243 AVG, 6 HR, .752 OPS)
6. Pedro Alvarez, 1B (.226 AVG, 4 HR, .720 OPS)
7. Jung Ho Kang, 3B (.182 AVG, 0 HR, .436 OPS)
8. Chris Stewart, C (.214 AVG, 0 HR, .414 OPS)
9. Gerrit Cole, P (.111 AVG, 0 HR, .311 OPS)

Starting Pitchers 

Cubs: Kyle Hendricks  (5.74 ERA, 3.33 FIP, 0.2 fWAR, 15 2/3 IP)

Pirates: Gerrit Cole (2.19 ERA, 2,33 FIP, 0.7 fWAR, 24 2/3 IP)

Cubs vs Cole

Welington Castillo: 4-11 (.364 AVG), 0 HR, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.167 OPS

Starlin Castro: 5-9 (.556 AVG), 0 HR, 1 BB, 1 K, 1.156 OPS.

Chris Coghlan 2-5 (.400 AVG), 0 HR, 1 BB, 0 K, .900 OPS

Chris Denorfia: 3-5 (.600 AVG), 0 HR, 1 BB, 0 K, 1.467 OPS.

Dexter Fowler: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Junior Lake: 0-5, 1 BB, 2 K

Anthony Rizzo: 2-7 (.286 AVG), 0 HR, 2 BB, 3 K, .873 OPS

Pirates vs Hammel

Pedro Alvarez: 3-17 (.176 AVG), 2 HR, 1 BB, 3 K, .869 OPS.

Francisco Cervelli: 2-3 (.667 AVG), 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 K, 1.333 OPS.

Josh Harrison: 1-4 (.250 AVG), 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 K, .750 OPS.

Corey Hart: 1-9 (.111 AVG), 0 HR, 0 BB, 3 K, .222 OPS.

Starling Marte: 2-9 (.222 AVG), 0 HR, 0 BB, 3 K, .444 OPS.

Andrew McCutchen: 6-20 (.300 AVG), 2 HR, 1 BB, 4 K, .983 OPS.

Jordy Mercer: 3-10 (.300 AVG), 0 HR, 0 BB, 2 K, .700 OPS

Gregory Polanco 1-6 (.167 AVG), 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 K, .333 OPS

Chris Stewart: 2-4 (.500 AVG), 0 HR, 1 BB, 1 K, 1.100 OPS

Neil Walker: 2-9 (.222 AVG), 0 HR, 2 BB, 1 K, .639 OPS.

Who's Hot

Dexter Fowler is looking like a tremendous acquisition for the Cubs. The veteran center fielder is hitting .288 with a .366 obp, setting the tone at the top of the lineup. He has a five-game hitting streak, and has reached base three times in each of the first two games of this series. He's also stolen a base in each of the two games and has six stolen bases on the year.

Pirates outfielder Starling Marte homered on Tuesday night, and is now 6-for-16 with three homers against the Cubs in 2015.

Who's Not

Jorge Soler is 2-for-22 with 13 strikeouts over his last seven games. He's shown some progress with his plate discipline over the last few days, however, and his plate discipline was one of his biggest visible strengths before this rough stretch. These things happen with young players, so let's give it some more time before we're too .

The struggles of Pirates superstar Andrew McCutchen continue, with his batting average at .179 and OPS at .595. This slump isn't going to last much longer and the Cubs should be very thankful they've played a couple series vs the Pirates without the real McCutchen facing them. He can carry them on his hot streaks.

This & That
Finally that's over and no surprise whatsoever.
Great news on Justin Grimm who would be a really nice boost for the Cubs' bullpen. Hopefully he can return to game action for the Cubs in the next couple of weeks.
It appears Tommy La Stella is a still a few weeks away, so Addison Russell will continue to be the primary second baseman for a bit.

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