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Cubs Vs. Astros Preview: Travis Wood Goes For Two In A Row

Two teams playing out the schedule in the National League play Wednesday in Houston when the Astros host the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.

The Cubs hope to win the series with Travis Wood (5-11), who has one win since the All-Star break, getting the start against the Astros' Fernando Abad (0-3).

The Cubs have 20 games left to avoid the 100-loss mark and need to go 8-12 to do so. Wood had lost eight in a row until his win last Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he's 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA against the Astros this season.

Cubs outfielder Brett Jackson is dealing with a bruised right knee but cold be available off the bench Wednesday. Anthony Rizzo isn't expected to play after injuring his shoulder in a collision at first base during Tuesday's game.

Wednesday's game starts at 7:05 p.m. CT. and is on the air on CSN+ and WGN 720 radio.

For more coverage of this series, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, check out Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, head over to Baseball Nation.