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Cubs Vs. Astros Preview: Chicago Tries To Extend Winning Streak

The Cubs are off to Houston.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05:  Chris Volstad #32 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 5, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: Chris Volstad #32 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Cubs head into Houston on a bit of a roll, as they swept the Pirates over the weekend, which really put a damper on Pittsburgh's playoff hopes. The Astros have no such hopes, so while the Cubs won't be playing spoiler, they do have the opportunity to build on the success they had over the weekend.

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The Cubs are scheduled to start Chris Volstad (2-10, 6.23 ERA) on the mound, and the Astros are going to go with Dallas Keuchel (1-7, 5.54). Volstad lost his last start but won the two starts prior to that one.

Monday's Game Time: 7:05 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago

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