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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Nationals (3:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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I know you know this, but I feel it’s worth repeating: Splitting this four-game series in Washington would actually be a pretty great outcome, and the Cubs have a good chance at doing just that this afternoon.

Remember, it’s nearly impossible to sweep four-game sets, especially on the road, and this is a very good Nationals team playing an underperforming and banged-up Cubs team. Two out four, for the Nats, would probably be quite disappointing.

And like I said, the Cubs do seem to have the advantage today, with the veteran Jon Lester taking on young righty Joe Ross. Lester’s last start was a 7.0 inning, three-earned run effort against the Marlins that came at the end of a solid three-game stretch:


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Last 3 Games (20.0 IP): 2.70 ERA, 3.28 xFIP; 27.3 K%, 3.9 BB%

Hopefully, he keeps something like that up tonight against a really tough Nationals lineup. For what it’s worth, Bryce Harper has been far more human against lefties (119 wRC+) than righties (169 wRC+) this season.

Come on, Cubs, squeak out the win today. It’s been a rough effing week to be a Cubs fan.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (39-39) at Washington Nationals (47-31) – 3:05 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 today.


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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jon Lester (L): 3.83 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 3.69 xFIP; 3.23 K/BB

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Nationals: Joe Ross (R): 5.40 ERA, 4.74 FIP, 4.12 xFIP; 4.33 K/BB

Washington Nationals:

  1. Trea Turner, SS
  2. Ryan Raburn, LF
  3. Bryce Harper, RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
  5. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  6. Anthony Rendon, 3B
  7. Matt Wieters, C
  8. Michael A. Taylor, CF
  9. Joe Ross, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Jon Jay, LF
  2. Ian Happ, RF
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Willson Contreras, C
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
  7. Albert Almora Jr., CF
  8. Javy Baez, 2B
  9. Jon Lester, P

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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.

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