The first time the Pirates came to Wrigley Field was at the series in the beginning of the season, when they took two out of three games from the Cubs. A lot has changed since then. A rash of injuries has hit both the Cubs' rotation as well as their lineup, and the Cubs find themselves relying heavily on rookies and spare parts to try to regain ground in the tight Central Division.
One of those such spare parts is pitcher Doug Davis, who will start for the Cubs and look for his first quality start of the year. Davis has made two starts this season, one against San Francisco that was plagued with nasty weather in which he gave up three runs on over five innings, and his most recent against Boston in which he gave up seven runs over just 3.2 innings pitched. Over his career against Pittsburgh, Davis is 8-6 with a 4.91 ERA and 1.67 WHIP.
Pitching for Pittsburgh will be Kevin Correia. Correia is coming off of a start against Detroit in which he gave up just two runs over 6.2 innings and got the win. On the season he's 6-4 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Correia has started only one game in his career against the Cubs, in which he gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings. Darwin Barney is 3-for-6 with a double against him.
The weather in Chicago is expected to be clear and slightly cool, with a game time temperature around 60 degrees. First pitch is at 1:20 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN and ROOT Sports.