Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

wrigley outfieldThe Cubs will look to win for the fourth straight Friday.

If that sounds like a strange thing to say, it is. But prior to the current Friday win streak, the Cubs lost 10 straight times on Friday. It’s just been a strange thing. So I mention it.

Kyle Hendricks got knocked around by the White Sox so badly last time out that he decided to head to the video – the AA video, trying to correct mechanical issues that he said had plagued him all year. Today, we’ll see if he looks better. If you’ve got a discerning eye, you should notice him a little more square as he delivers, which will hopefully allow him to work the bottom of the zone a little more consistently and accurately.

Shelby Miller goes for the Braves, sporting his microscopic ERA and decent-not-great peripherals. Still, he’s been doing that kind of thing for years – none better than this – so you have to consider him legit good at this point. The Cubs’ offense has been hot for a long time (minus one Chris Sale start), so this is an interesting matchup.

Game Info

Atlanta Braves (53-68) at Chicago Cubs (68-51), 3:05 CT on CSN, MLBN and

Game Thread and Series Preview

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

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Starting Pitchers

Shelby Miller (2.43 ERA, 3.22 FIP, 3.86 xFIP; 2.46 K/BB)


Kyle Hendricks (3.97 ERA, 3.53 FIP, 3.44 xFIP; 3.70 K/BB)

Atlanta Braves Lineup

1. Nick Markakis, RF

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Freddie Freeman, 1B

4. A.J. Pierzynski, C

5. Jace Peterson, 2B

6. Pedro Ciriaco, 3B

7. Andrelton Simmons, SS

8. Michael Bourn, LF

9. Shelby Miller, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF

2. Kyle Schwarber, LF

3. Chris Coghlan, 2B

4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

5. Kris Bryant, 3B

6. Miguel Montero, C

7. Jorge Soler, RF

8. Kyle Hendricks, P

9. Addison Russell, SS

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