wrigley field inside featureThe excitement continues, as Javier Baez makes his Wrigley Field debut today. If the e-buzz is any indication, there are going to be a whole lot of folks at Wrigley today, and there’s going to be an energy to the place that we’ve not seen in a long time. Neat. Enjoy it.

Tsuyoshi Wada makes another start for the Cubs, who’ve officially added Jacob Turner, and are overflowing with quality 4/5 options for the near-term future. Every start for Wada is a data point in the Cubs’ internal analysis on how to proceed with the offseason and the rotation plans going into 2015.

Former Cubs prospect Chris Archer starts for the Rays today. Interestingly, a less-heralded prospect in that Matt Garza trade, Brandon Guyer, is starting in left field for the Rays.

Game Info

Tampa Bay Rays (55-59) at Chicago Cubs (49-64), 3:05 CT on WGN

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Starting Pitchers

Chris Archer (3.42 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 3.71 xFIP; 2.29 K/BB)


Tsuyoshi Wada (3.32 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 3.85 xFIP; 2.38 K/BB)

Tampa Bay Rays Lineup

1. Desmond Jennings, CF

2. Ben Zobrist, RF

3. Brandon Guyer, LF

4. Evan Longoria, 3B

5. Sean Rodriguez, 1B

6. Yunel Escobar, SS

7. Curt Casali, C

8. Chris Archer, P

9. Logan Forsythe, 2B

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Javier Baez, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Arismendy Alcantara, CF

7. Ryan Sweeney, RF

8. John Baker, C

9. Tsuyoshi Wada, P