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

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

Chicago Cubs

You know what would be great? A two-game sweep of the Rays at Wrigley Field.

If they’re going to do it, though, they’ll have to beat one of the league’s top five offenses (108 wRC+, 5th) using their best pitcher, Jon Lester, today, and arguably their worst pitcher (right now), John Lackey, tomorrow.

Fortunately, as I mentioned earlier, Lester is on a bit of a hot streak lately, with a 2.42 ERA over his past four starts. Lackey, on the other hand, had put together back-to-back quality starts in Pittsburgh and Miami, but melted down for eight earned runs in 5.1 IP in Washington immediately thereafter.

But it’s not like it’s all on the pitchers. The Cubs offense will have to get things going too, and against one of the better pitchers in baseball, Chris Archer. Archer’s ERA isn’t much to look at this season, but his sixth-best-in-MLB 3.08 FIP suggests he’s actually been pitching quite well. It won’t be easy.

Go America!

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (41-41) at Cincinnati Reds (43-41) – 1:20 CT on WGN, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jon Lester (L): 3.69 ERA, 3.63 FIP, 3.64 xFIP; 3.15 K/BB


Rays: Chris Archer (R): 3.92 ERA, 3.07 FIP, 3.44 xFIP; 3.97 K/BB

Tampa Bay Rays:

  1. Steven Souza Jr., RF
  2. Corey Dickerson, LF
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Willson Ramos, C
  5. Trevor Plouffe, 1B
  6. Tim Beckham, 2B
  7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  8. Peter Bourjous, CF
  9. Chris Archer, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

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

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami