wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs have won a couple games in a row, which feels like quite a streak lately. The Marlins certainly represent one of the better opportunities to extend that streak.

Luis Valbuena is back!

Junior Lake gets back in the lineup, but he’s in left field, while Ryan Sweeney stays in center. The right move for today? Probably. The right move in evaluating Junior Lake’s prospects of helping the Cubs long-term? For reasons I’ve explored before, I don’t think so.

Game Info

Miami Marlins (50-85) at Chicago Cubs (58-78), 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 lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.90 ERA, 3.02 FIP)

versus

Travis Wood (8-10, 3.09 ERA, 3.83 FIP)

Miami Marlins Lineup

1. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

2. Christian Yelich, LF

3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF

4. Justin Ruggiano, CF

5. Placido Polanco, 3B

6. Ed Lucas, 1B

7. Donovan Solano, 2B

8. Jeff Mathis, C

9. Henderson Alvarez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Dioner Navarro, C

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Ryan Sweeney, CF

7. Junior Lake, LF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P




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