wrigley stands crowdThe Cubs are mighty hot these days once again, winners of nine of their last ten games.

Edwin Escobar, 24, makes just his second start of the year (the first, against the Astros, didn’t go so well). He was a solid prospect with the Red Sox a while back, but was DFA’d earlier this year by Boston, and the Diamondbacks – who had some desperate rotation needs – figured they’d take a flyer.

Jason Hammel makes his first start since leaving his last after just two innings (hamstring cramp). Hopefully he’s looking sharp and comfortable today.



Game Info

Arizona Diamondbacks (24-33) at Chicago Cubs (38-15), 1:20 CT on WGN-9, 670 The Score.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview lives here. The Lineup Discussion lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jason Hammel (R): 2.09 ERA, 3.32 FIP, 4.21 xFIP; 2.27 K/BB

versus

Dodgers: Edwin Escobar (L): 18.90 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 6.56 xFIP; 2.88 K/BB



Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup (this is yesterday’s lineup – had to schedule this post before the lineup came out):

1. Jean Segura, 2B

2. Michael Bourn, RF

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

4. Jake Lamb, 3B

5. Wellington Castillo, C

6. Chris Owings, CF

7. Yasmany Tomás, LF

8. Nick Ahmed, SS

9. Edwin Escobar, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

1. Dexter Fowler, CF

2. Jason Heyward, RF

3. Kris Bryant, 3B

4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

5. Ben Zobrist, 2B

6. Jorge Soler, LF

7. Addison Russell, SS

8. David Ross, C

9. Jason Hammel, P




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