If it’s possible to distract from a Cubs/Astros tilt, the Oneri Fleita news will probably do it. The Cubs will try to take the series from the Astros – a given? – behind Justin Germano.

Darwin Barney gets a day off, which means we’ll finally see Adrian Cardenas get a start at second, right? Wrong. It’s Luis Valbuena at second, because that totally makes sense.

Game Info

Houston Astros (39-79) at Chicago Cubs (45-70), 1:20pm 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

Bud Norris (5-9, 4.93 ERA, 1.414 WHIP)

versus

Justin Germano (1-2, 4.26 ERA, 1.211 WHIP)

Houston Astros Lineup

1. Jose Altuve, 2B

2. Marwin Gonzalez, SS

3. Steve Pearce, 1B

4. Justin Maxwell, LF

5. Scott Moore, 3B

6. Ben Francisco, RF

7. Jason Castro, C

8. Brandon Barnes, CF

9. Bud Norris, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Josh Vitters, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Luis Valbuena, 2B

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Steve Clevenger, C

9. Justin Germano, P


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