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braves logoIt 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.

Cubs

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):

  1. Chris Coghlan, LF
  2. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B/CF (?)
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Starlin Castro, SS
  5. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  6. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  7. Justin Ruggiano, CF (?) Barney (?)
  8. Welington Castillo, C
  9. Pitcher

Braves

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)

Lineups:

  1. B.J. Upton, CF
  2. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Justin Upton, LF
  5. Jason Heyward, RF
  6. Chris Johnson, 3B
  7. Tommy La Stella, 2B
  8. Christian Bethancourt/Gerald Laird, C
  9. Pitcher

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.

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