wrigley outfieldDespite last night’s loss, the Cubs can still win this four-game set against the Dodgers. Games like today’s present an opportunity for Jon Lester to be the guy the Cubs need him to be, especially with a depleted lineup and bench.

No Starlin Castro today for the Cubs, as he’s at the hospital awaiting the arrival of his second child – congrats!

Addison Russell slides into Castro’s spot in the field and the lineup, with Jonathan Herrera – presumably sans bubble gum bucket hat (but hopefully not) – filling in for Russell at second and in the nine-hole.

Game Info

Los Angeles Dodgers (40-33) at Chicago Cubs (39-31), 1:20 CT on ABC-7 (or your local affiliate), MLBN and MLB.tv.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Carlos Frias (4.68 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 4.03 xFIP; 1.89 K/BB)


Jon Lester (3.80 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 3.26 xFIP; 3.52 K/BB)

Los Angeles Dodgers Lineup

1. Enrique Hernandez, CF

2. Howie Kendrick, 2B

3. Justin Turner, 1B

4. Scott Van Slyke, LF

5. Yasiel Puig, RF

6. Alex Guerrero, 3B

7. Jimmy Rollins, SS

8. A.J. Ellis, C

9. Carlos Frias, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Denorfia, CF

2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

3. Kris Bryant, 3B

4. Chris Coghlan, LF

5. Addison Russell, SS

6. Mike Baxter, RF

7. David Ross, C

8. Jon Lester, P

9. Jonathan Herrera, 2B

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