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Probable Pitchers

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Gerrit Cole, RHP
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    Gerrit Cole, last 3 starts
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    Gerrit Cole, regular season
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    Gerrit Cole, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Cole tries to stay ahead of the MLB class with his 15th win, but it will have to come against a team (0-3, 5.53 in five starts vs. Reds) and in a place (4.50 ERA in three winless starts at GABP) that have been rough on him.

Raisel Iglesias, RHP
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    Raisel Iglesias, last 3 starts
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    Raisel Iglesias, regular season
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    Raisel Iglesias, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Iglesias has been strong in the early portion of his starts, with a 1.29 ERA in the first three innings. But as he cycles through the lineup a second and third time, he has problems. In innings 4-6, his ERA is 10.26.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Charlie Morton, RHP
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    Charlie Morton, last 3 starts
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    Charlie Morton, regular season
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    Charlie Morton, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Morton is winless in his past five starts. Solving his first-inning troubles would help snap that streak: In his 12 starts, he has allowed 16 runs (15 earned) in the first. Undefeated in past six GABP starts (3-0, 2.70 ERA).

To Be Announced

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jon Lester, LHP
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    Jon Lester, last 3 starts
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    Jon Lester, regular season
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    Jon Lester, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Lester had what he called his best outing of the season his last time out, striking out a season-high 14 Rockies. He's thrown at least seven innings in each of his starts in July, including another season-high eight innings in his last start.

Francisco Liriano, LHP
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    Francisco Liriano, last 3 starts
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    Francisco Liriano, regular season
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    Francisco Liriano, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Liriano comes off allowing a season-high 10 hits in only 5 2/3 innings against the Twins, but he's also started six consecutive wins (going 3-0 across that stretch). He's had homer troubles at home (8 in 66 2/3 innings).

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP
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    Jake Arrieta, last 3 starts
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    Jake Arrieta, regular season
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    Jake Arrieta, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Arrieta's next win will be his career-high 12th. In his last start, against the Brewers, he struggled with command yet lasted long enough to post his 17th quality start. He has a 1.53 ERA in his last eight starts, with 58 K's over 58 2/3 innings.

J.A. Happ, LHP
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    J.A. Happ, last 3 starts
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    J.A. Happ, regular season
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    J.A. Happ, last 5 years vs. CHC
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The lefty makes his Pittsburgh debut by stepping into the shoes of A.J. Burnett (on the DL with elbow inflammation). Happ slumped his way out of Seattle and will try to regain his early-season form (3.31 ERA across first 11 starts).

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
To Be Announced

Jeff Locke, LHP
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    Jeff Locke, last 3 starts
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    Jeff Locke, regular season
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    Jeff Locke, last 5 years vs. CHC
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The young lefty has developed into the third consistency in the Pirates? current rotation, having worked to an ERA of 3.06 in his last six starts. He has become adept at finding his rhythm in games that begin erratically.

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