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The Cubs look to avoid the sweep today behind Travis Wood, who has been fairly inconsistent over the last few weeks. On the other side of the bump is Yovani Gallardo, who’s been dominant in August.

Alfonso Soriano gets the day off today, which scrambles the lineup a bit.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (47-75) at Milwaukee Brewers (56-66), 1:10 CT on WGN.

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Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (4-9, 4.83 ERA, 5.59 FIP)

versus

Yovani Gallardo (12-8, 3.67 ERA, 3.78 FIP)

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Norichika Aoki, RF

2. Rickie Weeks, 2B

3. Ryan Braun, LF

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Corey Hart, 1B

6. Martin Maldonado, C

7. Carlos Gomez, CF

8. Cody Ransom, SS

9. Yovani Gallardo, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, LF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

5. Bryan LaHair, RF

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Curt

    Anyone heard anything recently on the obsessive wrigley renovation. Been quiet for quite awhile.

  • sdcoddi

    hey, a sweep would help us solidify the #2 pick!

    • sdcoddi

      like you’ve said previously, it’s a mixed bag: watching the Cubs lose is always frustrating, but then again, if you’re going to be bad, be real bad and getting a better payoff in drafts picks. it’s not just the 1st round pick, all the other picks in the draft move up too! plus more money in the pool.

  • Cubbie Blues

    Estrada is pitching two days in a row? Don’t know how I feel about that since he on my fantasy team. He scored big for me last night, but he would probably get lit up going back to back games.

    • Spencer

      you could always just take him out of your starting line….oh wait. crap.

      • Cubbie Blues

        I’m just wondering why Ace has Estrada in his.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Bah. The stats were right …

  • Spencer

    Swap Valbuena and Barney in the lineup and I’m good. Not like that’ll actually make a difference, anyway.

  • mudge

    Can’t LaHair play left as easily as moving DeJesus over there?

  • rcleven

    Why is it when I look at the Cubs line up I just go ho hum. Looking like the Cubs in 16.
    Ho Hum.

  • Zogie

    Castro’s first AB: Watched 3 straight fastballs right down the middle. Really?

    • matt

      THE NEXT MF’ER THAT WATCHES STRIKE THREE IS FINED $10,000!!!!!!!!

      • Leroy K.

        ^^^THIS^^^

      • RY

        Tremendously well played!

  • North Side Irish

    FWIW, Jim Callis had a couple Cubs prospect questions in his chat today…though his future OF alignment seems odd to me.

    A.J. (Dallas): Most of the Cubs top prospects either seem to be at 3B (Vitters, Villanueva, Baez) or OF (Jackson, Szczur, Soler, Almora). Who do you see as the keepers and what would you do with the rest?

    Jim Callis: A lot of those guys will have to move anyway. I think Baez winds up at third base (though reviews of his shortstop defense have been positive) and Almora winds up in center field. Chicago’s future outfield will be Soler in left, Almora in center, Jackson in right.

    Eric (Chicago): Who gets your nod as the Cubbies’ top prospect at present – Baez or Soler?

    Jim Callis: Baez. Big offensive upside and may just stay at shortstop for a while. I’d take Almora over Soler, too.

    Dan (Chicago): Brooks Raley, Chris Rusin, Erik Jokisch, Austin Kirk. Which soft-tossing lefty starter has the best stuff/future with the Cubs? Can any of them stick around long term as maybe a #4 starter?

    Jim Callis: I ask myself that question every year when I do the Cubs Top 30 list. I’ll say Raley, and he has a chance to be a No. 4 at best. I’m not in love with any of those guys. They’re all similar, finesse lefthanders who can pitch a little bit.

  • MightyBear

    Cubs let 6 scouts go today. What’s up with that? A little help Brett, por favor.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’ll have more on it later. But it’s just the housekeeping that’s been expected for a while now.

  • RY

    this team is plain ol horseshit!

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