After struggling through a series in the nation's capital, the Chicago Cubs look rebound by visiting the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend. They open the three-game series on Friday night as Cubs starter Travis Wood looks for his first victory since July 6.
It's been a rough few weeks for Wood, who was arguably the hottest pitcher in Chicago's rotation at one point. Since that early July start in an 8-7 win over the New York Mets, the Cubs have lost ten consecutive games with Wood taking the mound, even though he's actually peppered some decent outings in during the stretch.
This is the beginning of a stretch where the Cubs and Pirates should become pretty familiar with one another. Over the next 11 days, the two teams will end up playing each other seven times, potentially putting the Cubs in a spoiler role.