The Pittsburgh Pirates (39-43) are taking on the Chicago Cubs (45-39) for four games at PNC Park, starting tonight at 7:05 PM. Trevor Williams gets the start in the opening game. He has made two starts since returning from a right side strain. He came back with seven runs over five innings against the Detroit Tigers, then six days ago, he allowed four runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings against the Houston Astros. The Cubs will counter with 24-year-old right-hander Adbert Alzolay, who has pitched just 8.2 big league innings, posting a 2.08 ERA, with nine strikeouts and an 0.92 WHIP. He has given up just two hits, both of them solo homers.
Here are the lineups:
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