After an exciting walk-off win last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates will attempt to give the Chicago Cubs their fifth straight loss this afternoon. Steven Brault (3-1, 4.33) takes the bump for the Pirates and will oppose fellow lefty Jon Lester (9-8, 4.43)
In two starts since returning from his shoulder injury, Brault has tossed 10 innings, allowing six earned runs. Batters are hitting .216/.293/.378 against him during that span. Brault has not started against the Cubs this season, but he has allowed four earned runs in three innings of work against them.
Meanwhile, Lester has been awful in the month of August. In three starts, he’s given up 17 earned runs in 14 innings. Against the Oakland Athletics on August 6, Lester allowed 11 runs (nine earned) in four innings of work. His overall ERA has ballooned almost a full run since the month started.
Against the Pirates this season, Lester has been effective allowing three earned runs in 8.2 innings of work.
First pitch is at 1:35 eastern.
- In seven games since returning from his Clint Hurdle getaway, Josh Bell is hitting .346/.433/.885 with four home runs in 30 plate appearances.
- Brault is fourth among Pirates pitchers in in fWAR (0.8) although he’s pitched just 70.2 innings. For reference, Chris Archer has an fWAR of 0.5 in 118.2 innings of work.
- With a wRC+ of 101, Brault ranks 5th among Pirates hitters starting today.
- With an fWAR of -1.0, Elias Diaz ranks 1297th among 1307 total position players in that category.
CF Jason Heyward
RF Nicholas Castellanos
3B Kris Bryant
1B Anthony Rizzo
SS Javier Baez
2B Addison Russell
LF Ian Happ
C Jonathan Lucroy
P Jon Lester
2B Kevin Newman
LF Bryan Reynolds
CF Starling Marte
1B Josh Bell
RF Melky Cabrera
3B Colin Moran
C Elias Diaz
SS Erik Gonzalez
P Steven Brault