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fenway parkA sweep? On the road? Against the defending World Champions? Bet you didn’t think you’d be saying that a couple months ago.

Mostly because the Cubs weren’t playing the Red Sox a couple months ago, and it wouldn’t have made any sense back then.

Today it does make sense, and, given the Red Sox’s struggles this year, it’s not necessarily even all that surprising. The Cubs haven’t done much offensively in the first couple games of this series, but the Red Sox did even less. Thus, the Cubs, behind Travis Wood, are on the verge of a sweep.

If they pull it off, the Cubs will have fewer losses than the Red Sox.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (36-46) at Boston Red Sox (38-46), 6:10 CT on ESPN, WCIU.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (4.52 ERA, 4.09 FIP, 4.55 xFIP; 1.97 K/BB)

versus

Brandon Workman (3.27 ERA, 3.85 FIP, 3.96 xFIP; 2.36 K/BB)

Red Sox Lineup

1. Brock Holt, RF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Mike Napoli, 1B

5. Jonny Gomes, LF

6. Xander Bogaerts, 3B

7. A.J. Pierzynski, C

8. Mookie Betts, CF

9. Jonathan Herrera, SS

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Justin Ruggiano, CF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, DH

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Nate Schierholtz, RF

8. Mike Olt, 3B

9. Darwin Barney, 2B

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