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Chicago Cubs (22-14) at Pittsburgh Pirates (10-24)
Thursday, September 3, 1:35 PM EDT
The Cubs are coming off an 8-2 win over the Pirates in Wednesday's meeting between both teams, and it's clear these two franchises are moving through opposite paths this season. While the Cubs are clear-cut contenders in the NL Central, the Pirates have shown flashes of brilliance but seem poised to be out of the playoffs as they continue their rebuilding effort. The pitching matchup for this early MLB contest will feature a duel of two righties, with Alec Mills (3-2, 5.23 ERA) for the Cubs and JT Brubaker (0-0, 4.50 ERA). That said, all signs point towards the offenses making a big impact here.
Corey Black - Out - Elbow
4/9 6:30 PM EST - Black announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he underwent Tommy John surgery. Black has barely pitched since 2016 as this is the third time he's undergone Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old will be sidelined for the entire 2019 season and likely a good chunk of 2020.
Andrew Chafin - 10-Day IL - Finger
8/31 12:17 PM EST - Chafin (finger) was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Chafin has been sidelined since Aug. 19 with a sprained left index finger, and he'll suit