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

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

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 lives here.
  • Starting Pitchers

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


    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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    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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