Pre-Gamin': Brewers at Cubs (1:20 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs look to bounce back today against the mighty first place Milwaukee Brewers. Friday’s game was an ugly one in so many respects, but an unscheduled off-day yesterday (rain) helped me forget.

Today’s installment features Jake Arrieta looking to pair on-field results with what his manager and catcher say they saw last time out (best he’s looked). For my part, I have seen Arrieta legitimately look good this year – much better than last year – and not get results. I have also, however, seen Arrieta leave pitches up – particularly early in his starts – and get punished for them.

On the other side of the bump, Chase Anderson is quietly a solid, if unspectacular, pitcher. The Cubs have had some trouble with him in the past, but he seems like a hittable guy: he invites fly ball contact, he doesn’t walk a minuscule amount, and he doesn’t get a ton of strikeouts. Where he’s succeeded most this year has been in limiting home runs to an extreme degree (3.8% HR/FB ratio), and prevailing wisdom says that simply cannot last for a fly ball pitcher.

Game Info

Milwaukee Brewers (25-18) at Chicago Cubs (21-20) – 1:20 CT on WGN, MLBN 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.

Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jake Arrieta (R): 5.44 ERA, 4.18 FIP, 3.74 xFIP; 3.77 K/BB

versus

Brewers: Chase Anderson (R): 3.43 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 4.44 xFIP; 2.44 K/BB

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup:

  1. Jonathan Villar, 2B
  2. Eric Thames, 1B
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Travis Shaw, 3B
  5. Hernan Perez, RF
  6. Jett Bandy, C
  7. Keon Broxton, CF
  8. Orlando Arcia, SS
  9. Chase Anderson, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Ian Happ, CF
  6. Jason Heyward, RF
  7. Willson Contreras, C
  8. Addison Russell, SS
  9. Jake Arrieta, P

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.