Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

great american ballparkDoubleheaders breed weaker lineups, and, unfortunately, the Cubs didn’t do much with their stronger (on paper) lineup earlier today.

Now it’s Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant getting the night cap off, together with normal platoon member Chris Coghlan. The only real bummer is Bryant getting the game off when the Cubs are facing a lefty.

I’d say this regardless of that, but the Cubs desperately need a solid pop-up outing from Dallas Beeler. The bullpen is heavily taxed, and the one guy who the Cubs brought up today, Yoervis Medina, got shelled out of the pen in the early game.

The lefty starting for the Reds, by the way, is coming off of the disabled list (shoulder issue), and hasn’t started all season. He also has a 16.5% walk rate on the year. Be patient against Tony Cingrani, dudes.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (50-43) at Cincinnati Reds (42-50), 5:10 CT on ABC-7 (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

Dallas Beeler (3.60 ERA, 1.86 FIP, 2.42 xFIP; 3.00 K/BB)


Tony Cingrani (3.47 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 4.41 xFIP; 1.53 K/BB)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Billy Hamilton, CF

2. Joey Votto, 1B

3. Todd Frazier, 3B

4. Jay Bruce, RF

5. Brayan Pena, C

6. Marlon Byrd, LF

7. Eugenio Suarez, SS

8. Ivan De Jesus, 2B

9. Tony Cingrani, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Jorge Soler, RF

5. Chris Denorfia, LF

6. Addison Russell, 2B

7. David Ross, C

8. Dallas Beeler, P

9. Jonathan Herrera, 3B

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