citi field metsDan Straily makes his Chicago Cubs debut today after turning things around at AAA Iowa, following his July acquisition by the Cubs. Unfortunately, I’ll be at the Under Armour All-American Game at the same time as this game tonight, so I’ll just have to try and follow along on my phone, and watch a replay of Straily’s stuff tomorrow.

As I’ve mentioned before, velocity is key with Straily – his early-season struggles coincided with a steep drop in the 80s on his four-seamer, and his recent improvements coincided with a return to the low-90s.

It’s growing tedious, but the strikeout conversation will continue as long as the Cubs keep, you know, striking out a dozen+ times a game. Is today the day they keep it under, say, 10 strikeouts? And maybe a few walks, too?

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (52-69) at New York Mets (58-65), 6:10 CT on WGN

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Starting Pitchers

Dan Straily (Cubs Debut)


Jon Niese (3.46 ERA, 3.84 FIP, 3.85 xFIP; 2.59 K/BB)

New York Mets Lineup

1. Curtis Granderson, RF

2. Daniel Murphy, 2B

3. David Wright, 3B

4. Lucas Duda, 1B

5. Travis d’Arnaud, C

6. Matt den Dekker, LF

7. Juan Lagares, CF

8. Wilmer Flores, SS

9. Jon Niese, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Javier Baez, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Justin Ruggiano, RF

6. Arismendy Alcantara, CF

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Chris Valaika, 3B

9. Dan Straily, P

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