Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

Today’s is a relatively big game, insofar as a May game for a 12-18 team can be big. The Cubs are trying to not lose a series for the fifth time in a row, and keep their momentum (again, insofar such a thing exists). A loss today not only loses the series, but it gives the Cubs back to back losses going into the off-day tomorrow.

Paul Maholm will try four a fourth straight good start, but this isn’t an easy crew to take down. Adrian Cardenas gets a second straight start, but in left field. I’m guessing the mandate from the top was: “get Cardenas’ bat in the lineup, let’s see how he does.”

Game Info

Atlanta Braves (19-12) at Chicago Cubs (12-18), 1:20pm CT on CSN.

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

Tim Hudson (1-0, 6.55 ERA, 9.8 H/9)


Paul Maholm (3-2, 5.13 ERA, 1.139 WHIP)

Atlanta Braves Lineup

1. Michael Bourn, CF

2. Martin Prado, LF

3. Freddie Freeman, 1B

4. Dan Uggla, 2B

5. Lawrence Jones, 3B

6. Jason Heyward, RF

7. David Ross, C

8. Jack Wilson, SS

9. Tim Hudson, 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. Geovany Soto, C

7. Adrian Cardenas, LF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Paul Maholm, P

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