Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

Another day, another chance to end a losing streak.

In the Series Preview, I noted that maybe this will be the start for Paul Maholm to break out, given that he might be able to neutralize the two top lefty bats in the Reds’ lineup, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. I said that without know that Bruce is just 2 for 15 in his career against Maholm, and Votto just 3 for 20 (though Bruce’s two hits were both homers). So, maybe I’ll be right. That would be nice for at least two reasons.

And, hey, what do you know? It looks like Maholm has already neutralized Bruce – he’s not starting today. Also not starting today: Marlon Byrd, Geovany Soto, and Alfonso Soriano.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (6-8) at Chicago Cubs (3-11), 12:05pm CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Mike Leake (0-1, 5.84 ERA, 65 ERA+)


Paul Maholm (0-2, 13.50 ERA, 3.4 HR/9)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Zack Cozart, SS

2. Drew Stubbs, CF

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Brandon Phillips, 2B

5. Ryan Ludwick, LF

6. Scott Rolen, 3B

7. Chris Heisey, LF

8. Devin Mesoraco, C

9. Mike Leake, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Bryan LaHair, 1B

5. Ian Stewart, 3B

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Blake DeWitt, LF

8. Joe Mather, CF

9. Paul Maholm, P

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