In the first of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (25-8) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (18-15) at Wrigley Field, Jason Hammel (4-0, 1.85 ERA) and Francisco Liriano (3-1, 3.60 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 13 and will air on WGN and RTPT.
In his last start, Hammel pitched 5.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out three and walking four in an 8-5 victory over the Nationals. The Pirates were also victorious the last time Liriano pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals. Andrew McCutchen (.248, 23 Rs, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Cubs swept the Pirates last week at PNC Park, so Pittsburgh comes in looking for some revenge here on the road. Oddsmakers don't expect them to get it, as the Cubs are a -150 favorite. Due to the unpredictable wind conditions, a total will be posted in the morning.
The Cubs sit at 13-2 against their divisional rivals, while the Pirates are 11-9.
Pittsburgh has won 47% (9-10) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 94% (16-1) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cubs have a 2-1 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 14-5. The Cubs have a 21-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Chicago has earned 196 this season. Pittsburgh ranks eighth with 163 runs.
Ranking seventh, Pittsburgh is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.795). Chicago ranks in the top five with an OPS of .803.
The Pirates are 10-12 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 11-5 when they allow at least one homer.