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Probable Pitchers

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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Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Francisco Liriano, LHP
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Liriano returned to form Saturday vs. the Reds, striking out six over 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Liriano didn't walk anyone in his first win since Opening Day, when he struck out 10 Cardinals over six scoreless innings.

Carlos Martinez, RHP
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Martinez faded toward the end of his 6 2/3-innings start on Sunday. Three of the four runs came off homers hit on consecutive pitches. Still, after five times through the Cardinals’ rotation, he has notched half of the starters’ eight wins.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Jeff Locke, LHP
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Locke logged his second straight quality start Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings. Locke hasn't faced St. Louis this year. Last season, he went 0-2 with a 4.32 ERA in three starts vs. the Cards.

Adam Wainwright, RHP
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Wainwright has won two straight, and though he’s given up a combined seven runs in those outings, feels encouraged about his improving command. Tightening up his curveball remains his biggest priority heading into this start.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Gerrit Cole, RHP
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Cole was uncharacteristically "out of sync" against the Cubs on Monday, serving up six runs (five earned) on six hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings. He is 4-3 with a 2.91 ERA in eight career starts against the Cardinals.

To Be Announced

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