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wrigley outfieldGame one of today’s doubleheader has Jake Arrieta facing Tyler Lyons. I’m not going to call this a must-win match-up, but you like the Cubs to have a slight edge. I also suspect this Cubs lineup fares better against lefties than righties, so maybe that will help kickstart the offense a bit.

Then again, Lyons has actually been pretty good in his five starts with the Cardinals this year – he’s just been bit by an unusually high number of homers. So, I guess hit some homers today, Cubs. Because Lyons will almost certainly get his strikeouts.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (54-28) at Chicago Cubs (44-37), 12:20 CT on MLBN, WGN-9 (or your local affiliate) and

Game Thread and Series Preview

Your game thread is down there in the comments, so have fun.

The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Lyons (5.09 ERA, 4.38 FIP, 2.83 xFIP; 4.00 K/BB)


Jake Arrieta (2.80 ERA, 2.72 FIP, 2.72 xFIP; 4.78 K/BB)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Tommy Pham, LF

2. Kolten Wong, 2B

3. Jhonny Peralta, SS

4. Jason Heyward, RF

5. Mark Reynolds, 3B

6. Peter Bourjos, CF

7. Xavier Scruggs, 1B

8. Tony Cruz, C

9. Tyler Lyons, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF

2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

3. Kris Bryant, 3B

4. Jorge Soler, RF

5. Chris Denorfia, LF

6. Starlin Castro, SS

7. Miguel Montero, C

8. Jake Arrieta, P

9. Jonathan Herrera, 2B

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