The Cubs are rocking a four-game winning streak, which is of relative value, depending on whom you ask. Justin Germano has been scuffling of late, but I have a feeling like he’ll feast against bad lineups. He certainly faces a young, ineffective lineup tonight, so we’ll see.

Speaking of ineffective lineups, the Cubs’ features a robust six lefties … all batting together in two clumps of three. Shrug. I’m not actually complaining, because I understand the desire to leave guys in their usual spots, but it’s a little silly. Bryan LaHair and Adrian Cardenas get starts tonight.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (55-86) at Houston Astros (44-97), 7:05 CT on WCIU.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Justin Germano (2-6, 6.95 ERA, 4.05 FIP)

versus

Jordan Lyles (3-11, 5.55 ERA, 4.92 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. Jordan Lyles, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Bryan LaHair, RF

8. Adrian Cardenas, 2B

9. Justin Germano, P




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