wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs will try to accomplish today what they should – beat the Astros in a series at Wrigley. Jeff Samardzija takes the mound and is opposed by Jordan Lyles, the 22-year-old pitcher who is becoming the guy the Astros thought they might have when they first called him up two years ago.

Not to belabor the “we’re traveling” thing, but you can assume that the Enhanced Box Score for today’s game will be delayed by a fair bit due to the “we’re traveling” thing.

Game Info

Houston Astros (29-47) at Chicago Cubs (30-43), 1:20 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jordan Lyles (4-1, 3.22 ERA, 3.56 FIP)

versus

Jeff Samardzija (4-7, 3.35 ERA, 3.12 FIP)

Houston Astros Lineup

1. Justin Maxwell, CF

2. Jose Altuve, 2B

3. Jason Castro, C

4. JD Martinez, LF

5. Chris Carter, 1B

6. Marc Krauss, RF

7. Matt Dominguez, 3B

8. Marwin Gonzalez, SS

9. Jordan Lyles, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Luis Valbuena, 3B

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Nate Schierholtz, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

6. Ryan Sweeney, CF

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P


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