Entering Monday, Pittsburgh had won three in a row against the Cubs and five of its last six. The Pirates will play Chicago six times in the next nine days. Since their win over the Cubs on May 25, the Bucs are 34-16, the best record in baseball over that stretch. Since then, the Cubs are 23-27.
Andrew McCutchen has reached base safely in 34 straight games against the Cubs. In 43 career games vs. Chicago, McCutchen is batting .327 (49-for-150) with seven doubles, three triples, six homers, 26 RBIs and 28 runs. Neil Walker has played the Cubs 28 times and in that time has hit .343 (36-for-105) with 12 doubles, five home runs, 20 RBIs and 25 runs.