Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

Let’s be reasonable adults: in the run-up to today’s game, the only thing that matters is whether Ryan Dempster actually starts today. As of this moment, he’s still scheduled to do so. And I can barely believe it.

We’ll see what happens.

Alfonso Soriano gets a day off (don’t get all excited, this was expected).

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (40-56) at Pittsburgh Pirates (54-42), 11:35am 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

Ryan Dempster (5-4, 2.11 ERA, 3.28 FIP)


Kevin Correia (7-6, 4.31 ERA, 4.95 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Alex Presley, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, RF

5. Casey McGehee, 1B

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Michael McKenry, C

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. Kevin Correia, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Bryan LaHair, RF

5. Steve Clevenger, C

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Tony Campana, LF

9. Ryan Dempster, P

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