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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jon Lester, LHP
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    Jon Lester, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Career stats

Lester has opened the season with five straight quality starts for the first time in his career. He's walked two or fewer in all five games. He's 2-2 with a 1.86 ERA in four career starts vs. the Pirates.

Juan Nicasio, RHP
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Nicasio was at his best on Friday against the Reds, striking out eight and allowing three hits over seven scoreless innings. He was efficient and worked quickly, which he'll have to do against the Cubs' deep, loaded lineup.

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Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Joe Ross, RHP
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Through the first month of the season, Ross has been as good as advertised. On Saturday, he held a hot-hitting Cardinals lineup to one run in six innings, leading the Nationals to a 6-1 victory at Busch Stadium.

Kyle Hendricks, RHP
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Career stats

Hendricks held the Brewers to two hits over five innings in his last outing, and was lifted for a pinch-hitter. Manager Joe Maddon admitted there was no reason to pull Hendricks, but he needed to try and score at that point.

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Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Max Scherzer, RHP
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In his best start of the season, Scherzer struck out a season-high nine batters and scattered four hits in seven shutout innings to help guide the Nationals to a 6-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the Cardinals.

John Lackey, RHP
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Career stats

Lackey went eight innings in his last outing, his longest start since last Aug. 15 when he went 8 1/3 against the Marlins. He is six strikeouts shy of 2,000 in his career. He's 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in four career starts vs. the Nationals.

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Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Gio Gonzalez, LHP
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In his previous start, Gonzalez needed 28 pitches to get through the first, but ended up throwing six shutout innings and lowering his ERA to 1.15.

Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel moved to 4-0 after allowing two runs across five-plus innings in Monday's victory over the Pirates. In 11 career starts against the Nats, he is 9-0 with a 3.01 ERA.

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Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Tanner Roark, RHP
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Career stats

After allowing three runs through three innings on Tuesday, Roark settled down and held the Royals to three hits and one unearned run in the next 4 1/3 innings. It's the third game in a row he has pitched at least seven innings.

Jake Arrieta, RHP
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Arrieta yielded just two hits across seven scoreless innings in Tuesday's 7-1 victory over the Pirates. Despite walking the first two batters of the game, he allowed only two singles and struck out five.

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