wrigley stands crowdHere’s the deal: I’m going to tonight’s game, so you’re likely to see a lull in Blogathon posts here at the site. I promise, as long as I get the tiniest bit of cell service, I will make at least one post on my phone at the game in service of the spirit of the Blogathon.

Otherwise, you’ll mostly (hopefully) see me doing stuff on Twitter and Snapchat.

Tonight’s game is a really interesting one, as the Cubs not only look to win this series, they have to do it against Felix Hernandez. King Felix hasn’t quite been his usual self this year, but he’s still quite good, still has a solid changeup, and the Cubs (if memory serves) struggle against good changeups.

Tonight’s game is also interesting because of the Cubs’ starter – it’s lefty Brian Matusz, coming up as the sixth starter (for one start? two? five?) to give the rest of the rotation a little break.

I’ll be watching his outing intently – well, as intently as possible while still doing Blogathon fun things – and it would be a wonderful roster problem to have if he pitches lights out for five or six innings. I’m not expecting that, mind you. I’m just saying it would be awesome.



Game Info

Chicago Cubs (62-41) at Seattle Mariners (52-50), 7:08 CT on ESPN, 670 The Score.

Game Thread and Series Preview

Your game thread is down there in the comments, so let’s have some nice, clean, safe-for-work fun, eh?

The Series Preview lives hereThe Lineup Discussion lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Brian Matusz (L): Cubs Debut

versus

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (R): 3.45 ERA, 4.54 FIP, 4.37 xFIP; 2.00 K/BB



Seattle Mariners Lineup:

  1. Shawn O’Malley, SS
  2. Leonys Martin, CF
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B
  4. Nelson Cruz, RF
  5. Kyle Seager, 3B
  6. Franklin Gutierrez, LF
  7. Dae-Ho Lee, 1B
  8. Mike Zunino, C
  9. Felix Hernandez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Jason Heyward, RF
  7. Willson Contreras, C
  8. Chris Coghlan, LF
  9. Brian Matusz, P



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