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The Pittsburgh Pirates (65-82) take on the Chicago Cubs (78-68) for three games at Wrigley Field this weekend. The Pirates are sending out Steven Brault this afternoon in game one of the series. He has a 4.13 ERA in 100.1 innings, with 82 strikeouts and a 1.41 WHIP. Brault faced the Cubs once as a starter this season, allowing one run on two hits over seven innings on August 17th. He struck out eight batters. He also faced them once in relief back in April and gave up four runs over three innings. Brault has a 3.70 ERA as a starter this season, compared to 6.11 in relief.

The Cubs are countering with veteran lefty Jon Lester, who has a 4.51 ERA in 155.2 innings, with 154 strikeouts and a 1.46 WHIP. He has faced the Pirates three times this season. Way back on April 8th, he threw two shutout innings before leaving early due to an injury. On July 13th, he allowed three runs over 6.2 innings in a win at Wrigley. On August 17th, with Brault as the opposing pitcher, Lester tossed six shutout innings, despite issuing five walks.

The Cubs hold a 5-8 lead in the season series, including a 1-5 record at Wrigley.

Here are the lineups:

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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