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Gamethread: Pirates face Cubs in battle of lefties

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

For just the second time this year, the Pirates will face a left-handed starter, this time Jon Lester of the Cubs. Lester lasted only three and a third innings in his first start this year, against the hapless Marlins. The second time out, though, he threw six shutout innings against Milwaukee. The Pirates counter with Steven Brault, who’s won both of his outings so far, one start and one relief appearance. Game time is 8:05pm ET.


  1. Josh Harrison, 2B
  2. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Starling Marte, CF
  4. Josh Bell, 1B
  5. Francisco Cervelli, C
  6. David Freese, 3B
  7. Gregory Polanco, RF
  8. Sean Rodriguez, LF
  9. Steven Brault, P


  1. Albert Almora, Jr., CF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Willson Contreras, C
  4. Ben Zobrist, LF
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Victor Caratini, 1B
  7. Javy Baez, 2B
  8. Jason Heyward, RF
  9. Jon Lester, P