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

The Cubs are trying they’re very best. It’s just not working that well.

Starting for the Cubs this afternoon is a surging Jake Arrieta. Over his last four starts, Arrieta has recorded a 2.63 ERA with a 28.4 K% and a 7.4 BB%. That’s still slightly more walks than he gave up from 2014-2015, but overall that’s really, really good. His success also coincides with a recent mechanical adjustment – which we discussed at length here – so I’m really hoping this has all just been the start of a trend.

Starting opposite Arrieta is the guy who’s name is really fun to say with an Italian accent: Antonio Senzatela … even though he’s from Venezuela. Go ahead, give it a try out loud. You’ll see. Senzatela has made 12 starts this season, and has gotten moderately good results (3.56 ERA) with peripherals that are not nearly as strong (4.38 FIP). He’s also been far less effective against left-handers for his career (.317 wOBA) than righties (.285 wOBA), so we’ll see if that plays out today with five lefties in the lineup for the Cubs (but not Kyle Schwarber).

Getting swept at home in four straight is not ideal. Let’s avoid that, yes?

Game Info

Colorado Rockies (41-23) at Chicago Cubs (30-31) – 1:20 CT on WGN, 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.

  • The Series Preview lives here.
  • The Lineup Discussion is here.
  • Starting Pitchers

    Cubs: Jake Arrieta (R): 4.46 ERA, 3.94 FIP, 3.59 xFIP; 3.80 K/BB

    versus

    Rockies: Antonio Senzatela (R): 3.56 ERA, 4.37 FIP, 4.42 xFIP; 2.29 K/BB

    Colorado Rockies:

    1. Charlie Blackmon, CF
    2. D.J. LeMahieu, 2B
    3. Carlos Gonzalez, RF
    4. Mark Reynolds, 1B
    5. Ian Desmond, LF
    6. Trevor Story, SS
    7. Pat Valaika, 3B
    8. Tony Wolters, C
    9. Antonio Senzatela, P

    Chicago Cubs Lineup:

    1. Jon Jay, CF
    2. Kris Bryant, 3B
    3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
    4. Ben Zobrist, LF
    5. Jason Heyward, RF
    6. Javy Baez, 2B
    7. Miguel Montero, C
    8. Addison Russell, SS
    9. Jake Arrieta, P

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    Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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