Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

The Cubs head out West for some Friday night fun. I’ve always liked Chase Field, at least on TV – the wall in center field, the pool in right, the roof. It just works for me.

Jeff Samardzija will look for his first dominant start in a month.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (24-45) at Arizona Diamondbacks (34-35), 8:40pm 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

Jeff Samardzija (5-5, 4.04 ERA, 3.21 FIP)


Joe Saunders (4-5, 3.44 ERA, 4.00 FIP)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. Willie Bloomquist, SS

2. Aaron Hill, 2B

3. Justin Upton, RF

4. Jason Kubel, LF

5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

6. Miguel Montero, C

7. Chris Young, CF

8. Ryan Roberts, 3B

9. Joe Saunders, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, RF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Alfonso Soriano, LF

4. Jeff Baker, 1B

5. Geovany Soto, C

6. Darwin Barney, 2B

7. Joe Mather, CF

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

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