The Cubs are scheduled to face an inexperience, struggling lefty with a lineup loaded with talented righties (and Anthony Rizzo). Jake Arrieta is the hottest pitcher in baseball, and he’ll be pitching against a weak lineup.
On paper, this is the most winnable game the Cubs have had all year to date.
But then, a couple of the games these two teams played in Chicago a couple months ago probably fell into that category, too. And the Cubs were swept. So, yeah, I’m not counting on anything. That’s the funny thing about baseball: even the most optimal match-up is what, a 70:30 proposition?
The weather is as much of a threat tonight as the Phillies. It’s been raining quite a bit, and projects to rain quite a bit more, so the start is already expected to be delayed. From Joe Maddon’s perspective, he doesn’t want to see the game started until it’s ready to be completed:
Rain in forecast all might in Philly. Maddon says he wants to play even if it's a long wait. Says was told 7:30ct start is a possibility.
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) September 10, 2015
Start of #Cubs game may be delayed because of weather. Maddon wants legit chance to play with Arrieta starting
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) September 10, 2015
Chicago Cubs (80-58) at Philadelphia Phillies (54-86), 6:05 CT on CSN and on MLB.tv.
Game Thread and Series Preview
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Jake Arrieta (2.03 ERA, 2.46 FIP, 2.73 xFIP; 4.48 K/BB)
Adam Morgan (4.42 ERA, 5.33 FIP, 5.28 xFIP; 2.56 K/BB)
Philadelphia Phillies Lineup
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Jeff Francoeur, LF
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Aaron Altherr, RF
7. Cody Asche, 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Adam Morgan, P
Chicago Cubs Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Austin Jackson, RF
3. Kris Bryant, LF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Starlin Castro, 2B
6. Javy Baez, 3B
7. David Ross, C
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, SS