Pre-Gamin': Braves at Cubs (1:20 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thead

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Pre-Gamin’: Braves at Cubs (1:20 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thead

Pre-Gamin'

In a little bit, Yu Darvish will make his Wrigley Field debut for the Cubs, and look to build on a strong second start in Milwaukee, where he struck out nine betters and walked just one over 6 innings.

He also allowed just two hits and one earned run in that one – using much more of his robust arsenal – which is why I’m particularly optimistic about today.

WITH THAT SAID, it’s important to point out that the Braves have actually scored the fourth most runs/game in baseball this season (5.67), behind only the Red Sox, Pirates and Angels. Similarly, their 3.50 runs allowed/game ranks 9th. They’ve simply been off to a good start.

On the bright side, today’s starter, Anibal Sanchez is a shell of his former self (6.41 ERA, 0.5 WAR in 2017) and allowed seven hits (including a homer) and two walks in his 5.0 IP during last start against the Rockies in Colorado. I always get nervous when you’re facing someone who used to have it, because they always seem to have solid starts from time to time, but I like the Cubs matchup here, even without Anthony Rizzo or Albert Almora in the lineup.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (6-6) at Atlanta Bravez (7-5) – 1:20 CT on NBC Sports Chicago, MLBN (out-of-market only), 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Yu Darvish (R): 5.23 ERA, 4.48 FIP; 4.33 K/BB

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Braves: Anibal Sanchez (R): 2.25 ERA, 4.53 FIP; 1.60 K/BB

Atlanta Braves Lineup:

  1. Ender Inciarte, CF
  2. Ozzie Albies, 2B
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Nick Markakis, RF
  5. Kurt Suzuki, C
  6. Preston Tucker, LF
  7. Dansby Swanson, SS
  8. Ryan Flaherty, 3B
  9. Anibal Sanchez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Ian Happ, CF
  2. Tommy La Stella, 3B
  3. Kris Bryant, 1B
  4. Willson Contreras, C
  5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  6. Addison Russell, SS
  7. Javy Baez, 2B
  8. Jason Heyward, RF
  9. Yu Darvish, P

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Author: Michael Cerami

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