It seems like the Cubs face a first place team every other series.
At least now the Cubs get to do it at Wrigley Field, and with the All-Star break looming.
We’re Going Streaking
The Cubs finally shook off that losing streak and won a fun one in Cincinnati yesterday. The rest of the stuff I could put here … is not pretty.
With a win yesterday, the Braves pulled back into a virtual tie with the Nationals atop the NL East. Like the Cubs, that win followed a losing streak that itself followed a nice stretch of winning.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, July 11 at 3:05 CT on CSN, MLBN.
- Saturday, July 12 at 3:05 CT on WGN.
- Sunday, July 13 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded, but you’ll want to check each day’s Pre-Gamin’ post for the actual lineup.
Starters: Jake Arrieta (1.78 ERA, 2.06 FIP; 4.16 K/BB), Edwin Jackson (5.05 ERA, 3.84 FIP; 2.09 K/BB), Travis Wood (4.64 ERA, 4.20 FIP; 1.89 K/BB)
Lineup (trying to slot Alcantara in there without losing Ruggiano or Coghlan):
- Chris Coghlan, LF
- Arismendy Alcantara, 2B/CF (?)
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Luis Valbuena, 3B
- Nate Schierholtz, RF
- Justin Ruggiano, CF (?) Barney (?)
- Welington Castillo, C
Starters: Alex Wood (3.14 ERA, 3.47 FIP; 3.80 K/BB, Mike Minor (4.54 ERA, 4.53 FIP; 3.22 K/BB), Julio Teheran (2.57 ERA, 3.35 FIP; 3.93 K/BB)
- B.J. Upton, CF
- Andrelton Simmons, SS
- Freddie Freeman, 1B
- Justin Upton, LF
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Chris Johnson, 3B
- Tommy La Stella, 2B
- Christian Bethancourt/Gerald Laird, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Jake Arrieta makes his final start in the first half, and I hope it’s a perfect game. Because he could totally do that, and I’ll be there.
Arismendy Alcantara sticks around for this series, and hopefully he starts all three games – because why not?
Two guys to watch in this one: James Russell and Wesley Wright. The Braves certainly will be.
In his short time with the Braves so far, Tommy La Stella has a .377 OBP.
Since June 24, B.J. Upton has a 102 wRC+, which is a huge win for him at this point. That contract continues to look like a real clunker.