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Game Info

Chicago Cubs (60-82) at Cincinnati Reds (82-62), 6:10 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 lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17 ERA, 3.96 FIP)


Bronson Arroyo (13-10, 3.62 ERA, 3.93 FIP)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Shin-Soo Choo, CF

2. Brandon Phillips, 2B/.313 OBP

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Jay Bruce, RF

5. Todd Frazier, 3B

6. Ryan Ludwick, LF

7. Zack Cozart, SS

8. Ryan Hanigan, C

9. Bronson Arroyo, 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. Brian Bogusevic, LF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Cubbie Tim

    Good one Brett by posting Philips’ OBP. Nice work!

  • Cubbie Tim

    That’s phat of you Brett

  • Nate Dawg

    That was da bomb Brett! Boo Ya!

  • DarthHater

    Can’t wait for Brandon to walk in during the next podcast and start calling you names. 😉

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    Lake needs to stop hitting HR’s maybe DALE will play him.

    • Mr. B. Patient

      Let’s do the math…..

      Bogo has about a 1% chance of being a significant part of the next Cubs playoff team.
      Lake has, about a 10-20% chance of playing a significant role on the next Cubs playoff team.

      Yep, don’t start Lake.

  • cubmig

    Just to let all know, this game is a Free Game on mlbtv.

  • Justin

    Has Junior Lake been playing to well to be play? Maybe if he started to blow complete ass like Castro has all year he could get the nod more.

    • Justin

      *be playing everyday?

  • MightyBear

    Boy Travis Wood is dealing early. His stuff looks terrific. I wonder if the extra day of rest is a factor? Probably didn’t hurt.

  • Timothy Scarbrough

    Daytona Cubs just won the FSL behind the excellent pitching of C.J. Edwards and Ryan Searle.

    • Timothy Scarbrough

      Things are not looking so hot for the Smokies, though, who are currently losing 6-2 in the 5th.

      • Mr. B. Patient

        Baez 2 run homer brings Tennessee closer.

  • dan

    Lake is a starter I can not believe you would think else wise

    • brickhouse

      Lake has not been an every day starter this season – you can not count on him being an every day OF in 2014 – most likely a platoon player

  • CeeDeeVee

    Baez with a 2 run HR in the bottom of the 5th to make it interesting! 6-4

  • Die hard

    If Bud Black not available how about Mike Soscia?

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    Holy I can only make an opinion on what’s going on with Lake, DALE,Theo, & Uncle Jed:
    Sweeney And Bogs missed a lot of time w injuries and they want to take a good look at them deciding how or if they are in our plans. I think Lake is already part of the plan so there is not a lot of concern anymore on how he does compared to the other two.

  • Matt

    Are people serious about Bogusevic as a starter next season? He’s fine as a 4th OFer but ….