The unstoppable force that is the MLB-best Washington Nationals meets the immovable object … Chris Volstad and his two-game winning streak! We know that Volstad is the king of long losing streaks, but I propose that he’s actually just the king of streaks. Thus, how can he possibly lose tonight? Is two games really a “streak”?

Also, the Cubs gave Gio Gonzalez one of his worst starts of the year when these teams last met. So what if that was the first series of the year?





Game Info

Chicago Cubs (51-84) at Washington Nationals (83-52), 6:05 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

Chris Volstad (2-9, 6.06 ERA, 4.28 FIP)

versus

Gio Gonzalez (17-7, 3.10 ERA, 2.85 FIP)

Washington Nationals Lineup

1. Roger Bernadina, CF

2. Bryce Harper, RF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Michael Morse, LF

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Danny Espinosa, 2B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Gio Gonzalez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Joe Mather, CF

2. Dave Sappelt, RF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Josh Vitters, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Chris Volstad, P


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