Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

The Cubs head to Houston for a battle of the Never-Weres. The series will have no implications for the Astros, who are assuredly locked into the number one pick slot in 2013, nor for the playoffs or the standings in the Nl Central. But it could have implications for the Cubs, who hold a tentative grasp on the number two pick slot after sweeping the Pirates. I’m not endorsing a root-against-the-Cubs approach to this series, I’m simply explaining the facts.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (54-86) at Houston Astros (44-96), 7:05 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 (2-10, 6.23 ERA, 4.75 FIP)


Dallas Keuchel (1-7, 5.54 ERA, 5.55 FIP)

Houston Astros Lineup

1. Jimmy Paredes, 2B

2. Fernando Martinez, RF

3. Brett Wallace, 1B

4. Justin Maxwell, CF

5. Jason Castro, C

6. Matt Dominguez, 3B

7. J.D. Martinez, LF

8. Tyler Greene, SS

9. Dallas Keuchel, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Joe Mather, CF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Josh Vitters, 3B

8. Dave Sappelt, RF

9. Chris Volstad, P

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