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Gamethread: Ivan Nova vs Jake Arrieta in Game 2 at Wrigley

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates send Ivan Nova to the mound as they try to battle back in game two Saturday night after dropping the opener.

The Cubs will pitch Jake Arrieta, who should be well known to readers here. Although maintaining 9.3 strikeouts every nine innings this year, his ERA has ballooned to 4.33 with 13 homeruns allowed in 17 starts. Over the last 365 days, it’s 4.03 in 30 starts, averaging a hair under 6 innings per start. In other words, human. He’s faced the Pirates twice already this year, allowing 5 runs in 10 13 innings.

Josh Harrison is out of the starting lineup in favor of John Jaso in left field, while Adam Frazier slides over to second base. David Freese returns at third.

The Cubs have five starters swinging from the left side against Nova.

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PIRATES

1 L Adam Frazier, 2B

2 L John Jaso, LF

3 R Andrew McCutchen, CF

4 S Josh Bell, 1B

5 R David Freese, 3B

6 L Gregory Polanco, RF

7 R Francisco Cervelli, C

8 R Jordy Mercer, SS

9 R Ivan Nova, RHP

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CUBS

1 S Ben Zobrist, 2B

2 R Kris Bryant, 3B

3 L Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4 S Ian Happ, CF

5 L Kyle Schwarber, LF

6 R Wilson Contreras, C

7 L Jason Heyward, RF

8 R Javy Baez, SS

9 R Jake Arrieta, RHP