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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel is on a roll. He threw six shutout innings in his last start against the Reds, and now boasts a 0.75 ERA for the season, giving up two earned runs over 24 innings. Hammel has more RBIs himself (3), and is proud of his three-game hit streak.

Gerrit Cole, RHP
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Cole was extremely effective with his fastball Tuesday, throwing it over 70 times in 103 pitches. He had great command, and was able to use the entire zone to keep the Rockies off balance. He yielded two earned runs in six innings.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP
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Think Pirates fans are looking forward to this game? It will be Arrieta's first start at PNC Park since he threw a shutout against the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game on Oct. 7.

Jonathon Niese, LHP
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Niese was inconsistent Wednesday in Colorado, missing his location and watching the Rockies crush his pitches. He started strong but ended up allowing five runs on 10 hits and two walks and left the sixth with the bases loaded and no outs.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jon Lester, LHP
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Lester has opened the season with five straight quality starts for the first time in his career. He's walked two or fewer in all five games. He's 2-2 with a 1.86 ERA in four career starts vs. the Pirates.

Juan Nicasio, RHP
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Nicasio was at his best on Friday against the Reds, striking out eight and allowing three hits over seven scoreless innings. He was efficient and worked quickly, which he'll have to do against the Cubs' deep, loaded lineup.

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Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
To Be Announced

Kyle Hendricks, RHP
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Hendricks held the Brewers to two hits over five innings in his last outing, and was lifted for a pinch-hitter. Manager Joe Maddon admitted there was no reason to pull Hendricks, but he needed to try and score at that point.

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Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
To Be Announced

John Lackey, RHP
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    John Lackey, last 5 years vs. WSH
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Lackey went eight innings in his last outing, his longest start since last Aug. 15 when he went 8 1/3 against the Marlins. He is six strikeouts shy of 2,000 in his career. He's 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in four career starts vs. the Nationals.

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