Bryan LaHair gets another start against a lefty, at least partly because Mike Minor has a bit of a reverse split going on (as in, lefties are hitting him just as well, if not better, than righties this year). But I can’t help but wonder if it also has a little something to do with LaHair’s trade value – gotta show the world that he can be an every day starter, even if the numbers say he can’t be.

Game Info

Atlanta Braves (42-39) at Chicago Cubs (31-50), 6:10pm 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

Matt Garza (4-6, 4.01 ERA, 3.66 xFIP)

versus

Mike Minor (4-6, 6.20 ERA, 4.73 xFIP)

Atlanta Braves Lineup

1. Michael Bourn, CF

2. Martin Prado, LF

3. Jason Heyward, RF

4. Freddie Freeman, 1B

5. Brian McCann, C

6. Dan Uggla, 2B

7. Andrelton Simmons, SS

8. Juan Francisco, 3B

9. Mike Minor, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Bryan LaHair, RF

6. Geovany Soto, C

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Matt Garza, P


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