wrigley outfieldThe Cubs will soldier on without Kyle Schwarber, but they’ve got Jon Lester on the mound, so that’s a good thing.

The Cubs face former farmhand Zack Godley, who went from A-ball reliever to big league starter in less than a year after being traded to the D-Backs. He’s had three starts in the bigs, and they’ve been legitimately successful. Maybe the Cubs will have a better book on him. Maybe Miguel Montero, the man for whom he was traded, will take Godley deep, and that’ll be a fun story.

Former friend Welington Castillo makes his Wrigley return, and I hope he’s greeted warmly by the fans … and then goes 0-3 with 3 Ks.

Paul Goldschmidt is still with his family, so the Cubs catch a break there, especially with a lefty, Lester, on the mound.

Javy Baez gets a start at second base, and I just know that he’s going to have a huge game one of these times.

Game Info

Arizona Diamondbacks (65-69) at Chicago Cubs (75-57), 8:40 CT on CSN+ and MLB.tv.

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Starting Pitchers

Zack Godley (1.90 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 3.41 xFIP; 2.75 K/BB)


Jon Lester (3.59 ERA, 3.07 FIP, 3.09 xFIP; 4.15 K/BB)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. Ender Inciarte, RF

2. Phil Gosselin, 3B

3. A.J. Pollock, CF

4. Welington Castillo, C

5. David Peralta, LF

6. Yasmany Tomas, 1B

7. Chris Owings, 2B

8. Nick Ahmed, SS

9. Zack Godley, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF

2. Austin Jackson, RF

3. Chris Coghlan, LF

4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

5. Kris Bryant, 3B

6. Javy Baez, 2B

7. David Ross, C

8. Jon Lester, P

9. Addison Russell, SS