The Braves come to town with a great record in tote, but the Cubs counter with some surprisingly decent play of late. In case you missed it earlier, Travis Wood was indeed sent back down to AAA with a tip of the cap, and Adrian Cardenas has been called up to join the infield reserves.

Reed Johnson gets the start in left field (and bats all the way up at sixth), spelling Alfonso Soriano.

Game Info

Atlanta Braves (18-11) at Chicago Cubs (11-17), 7:05pm CT on WCIU.

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

Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.74 ERA, 100 ERA+)

versus

Jeff Samardzija (3-1, 3.41 ERA, 9.1 K/9)

Atlanta Braves Lineup

1. Michael Bourn, CF

2. Martin Prado, LF

3. Freddie Freeman, 1B

4. Brian McCann, C

5. Dan Uggla, 2B

6. Lawrence Jones, 3B

7. Jason Heyward, RF

8. Tyler Pastornicky, SS

9. Tommy Hanson, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Tony Campana, CF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Bryan LaHair, 1B

5. Ian Stewart, 3B

6. Reed Johnson, LF

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Jeff Samardzija, P


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