The Cubs’ losing streak has reached seven, and Dale Sveum is hoping a righty-heavy lineup will fix things against lefty J.A. Happ. The Cubs counter with a lefty of their own, Travis Wood, who’s making his second start of the season. This is his first start with a real chance to hold onto a rotation spot.

Blake Lalli gets his first start in the Koyie Hill era (that is to say, the era in which Koyie Hill rules the roost).

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (15-27) at Houston Astros (19-23), 7:05pm CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.000 WHIP)

versus

J.A. Happ (3-3, 4.96 ERA, 1.522 WHIP)

Houston Astros Lineup

1. Jose Altuve, 2B

2. Jed Lowrie, SS

3. Jason Maxwell, RF

4. Carlos Lee, 1B

5. J.D. Martinez, LF

6. Chris Johnson, 3B

7. Chris Snyder, C

8. Jordan Schafer, CF

9. J.A. Happ, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Reed Johnson, CF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Joe Mather, 3B

6. Jeff Baker, 1B

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Blake Lalli, C

9. Travis Wood, P


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