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

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

Chicago Cubs

The first-place Cubs (oh yeah, the Cubs are in first … weird how easy it is to forget that) are squaring off against the last-place Toronto Blue Jays in a rare meet-up at Wrigley Field this afternoon.

And, peeking down at the Blue Jays lineup, I see a couple of old friends:

Indeed, two former Cubs, Montero and Barney, are both in the lineup today for the first of three games at Wrigley. I’m particularly interested to see the reception Montero receives as he steps up to the plate after a rocky exit from Chicago earlier this year.

On the mound for the Blue Jays, you’ll find J.A. Happ, whose latest start was a 6.0 inning, 4-hit, 1-run effort against the Pirates. He’s allowed just one earned run in each of his last three games, as a matter of fact, and has looked pretty strong throughout (23 strikeouts to 8 walks).

But a surging Jake Arrieta will toe the rubber for the Cubs, and he’s been a nice little hot streak lately, too:

His FIP during that stretch is a bit higher (3.71), but it’s still well-above average. And, in any case, his tiny 24.3% hard-hit rate helps explains a lot of the difference there (he has gotten a fair amount of medium contact, though).

Let’s see if he can keep it up and give the Cubs a fighting shot at winning this series before heading out onto the road next week.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (63-57) at Toronto Blue Jays (59-62) – 1:20 CT on CSN-C, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jake Arrieta (R): 3.73 ERA, 4.04 FIP, 4.05 xFIP; 3.00 K/BB


Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (L): 3.63 ERA, 4.19 FIP, 4.01 xFIP; 3.00 K/BB

Toronto Blue Jays:

  1. Jose Bautista, RF
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  3. Justin Smoak, 1B
  4. Steve Pearce, LF
  5. Miguel Montero, C
  6. Kevin Pillar, CF
  7. Goins, SS
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. J.A. Happ, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Albert Almora Jr., CF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Ben Zobrist, LF
  5. Ian Happ, 2B
  6. Victor Caratini, C
  7. Jason Heyward, RF
  8. Javy Baez, SS
  9. Jake Arrieta, P

Author: Michael Cerami

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