great american ballparkThe Chicago Cubs have just two games left this regular season, and a chance to reach 104 wins if they take ’em both.

The other arbitrary-but-fairly-meaningful plateau for this weekend is a 20th “win” for Jon Lester, who has never gotten there before. Pitcher “wins” and “losses” are terrible statistics for a litany of reasons, HOWEVA that 20-win mark means a lot to many players, so I’m perfectly comfortable cheering for it today. May the bats be huge, the defense strong, and Lester solid enough to get the W.

The Cubs are going with a pretty typical lineup for Lester starts, by the way, so there’s not necessarily any screwing around. This is probably the lineup you’ll see in the opener of the NLDS, too.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (102-57) at Cincinnati Reds (67-93) – 3:10 CT on CSN-C, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun this afternoon and into the early evening.

The Series Preview lives hereThe Lineup Discussion lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jon Lester (L): 2.28 ERA, 3.35 FIP, 3.44 xFIP; 3.90 K/BB


Reds: Tim Adleman (R): 3.90 ERA, 5.49 FIP, 5.08 xFIP; 2.39 K/BB

Cincinnati Reds Lineup:

  1. Jose Peraza, SS
  2. Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Adam Duvall, LF
  5. Steve Selsky, CF
  6. Eugenio Suraez, 3B
  7. Patrick Kivlehan, RF
  8. Ramon Cabrera, C
  9. Tim Adleman, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Kris Bryant, LF
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Jason Heyward, RF
  7. Javy Baez, 3B
  8. David Ross, C
  9. Jon Lester, P

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