Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs and Rangers will try again today, but it’s still pouring and nasty. Very few expect this one to get off on time, if it gets off at all. So, I guess stay tuned as the day goes on – this one might end up becoming a night game. MLB isn’t going to be keen on postponing this one after last night’s rainout – making up one interleague game is tough enough, and two could be a real headache.

Carlos Villanueva is still starting for the Cubs, but the Rangers are going to bump Justin Grimm – *the* Justin Grimm – in favor of today’s scheduled starter, Alexi Ogando.

Game Info

Texas Rangers (9-5) at Chicago Cubs (4-9), 1:20 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.

Game Tickets

If you’re looking for Chicago Cubs tickets at the last minute today, you can use that TiqIQ link there for the secondary market. There are also some available on

Starting Pitchers

Alexi Ogando (2-0, 1.08 ERA, 2.7 BB/9)


Carlos Villanueva (0-0, 0.64 ERA, 1.9 BB/9)

Texas Rangers Lineup

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Elvis Andrus, SS

3. Adrian Beltre, 3B

4. Nelson Cruz, RF

5. David Murphy, LF

6. A.J. Pierzynski, C

7. Mitch Moreland, 1B

8. Leonys Martin, CF

9. Alexi Ogando, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

(Technically not announced yet, but I’m assuming same as last night.)

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Carlos Villanueva, P

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