The Pittsburgh Pirates (51-70) take on the Chicago Cubs (64-58) for three games this weekend, with the first two taking place at PNC Park, before the series shifts to Williamsport, PA. The Pirates will send out Steven Brault this afternoon in game two of the series. He has made two starts since returning from a month stay on the injured list. In ten innings total over those two outings, Brault gave up six earned runs. He faced the Cubs once this year back in early April, allowing four runs over three innings of relief work. The Cubs will counter with veteran lefty Jon Lester, who has a 4.33 ERA in 128 innings, with 129 strikeouts, and a 1.41 WHIP. He has faced the Pirates twice this season, once was shortened due to rain. In 8.2 innings, he has given up three runs. Lester has a 10.93 ERA in three August starts.
Here are the lineups:
— Pirates (@Pirates) August 17, 2019
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 17, 2019