05/30/10 1:51 PM ET
Pirates look to snap skid against Cubs
By Andrew Pentis / MLB.com
"We need a good road trip. We need to pile up some wins and come back here .500 or above, that's what we're hoping for," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said following Sunday's 9-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. "We're going to have to swing the bats more consistently. We'll probably make a few lineup changes, too, and get a few different people in there and let them play."
In hopes of propelling his sputtering offense -- it managed just 16 total runs over its past six games -- Piniella is likely to insert reserves Mike Fontenot and Tyler Colvin into Monday's starting lineup.
Fontenot batted .417 over his past 10 games to raise his season average to .337, while Colvin batted .400 over his past 10, raising his season average to .310.
In the first game of a three-game set starting Monday, that pair will hope to carry its numbers over against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team that's plenty happy to be home. The Pirates return to PNC Park following a 1-6 road trip; they've lost five in a row.
One thing going for the home team: It's 5-1 against the Cubs this season. The teams last faced off on May 16.
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The Cubs are 10-14 on the road this season. ... Pittsburgh's Jeff Karstens is likely to start the second game of the Pirates-Cubs three-game set on Tuesday. ... Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is a .333 hitter at home, but all six of his home runs have been hit on the road.
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