Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Royals (7:15 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Royals (7:15 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

Hey, everyone. It’s Cole Hamels Day … Part II!

Indeed, after a solid Cubs debut against Pittsburgh last week, Hamels is slated to make his second start in Cubbie-blue later tonight against the Royals. And while he may have lasted only 5.0 innings his last time out, he did manage to strike out nine batters and get a TON of whiffs, so a repeat performance would be more than welcomed. Even if it were short.

Of note: The Royals have an 83 wRC+ against southpaws, like Hamels, this season, and that’s tied for 3rd worst in baseball.

Starting opposite the veteran left-hander is the 25-year-old right-hander Jakob Junis. Junis has made 20 starts for the Royals this season, earning a 5.12 ERA along the way. He doesn’t walk many guys, but he doesn’t strike them out either. Because of that and his 41.1% hard-hit rate, I’d say the Cubs should come out swinging. But be warned: the Royals defense is tops in the league by FanGraphs’ Def rating, so the Cubs may be at the mercy of the BABIP Gods tonight.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (64-47) at Kansas City Royals (34-77) – Monday, August 6th at 7:15 CT on CSCN-C, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Cole Hamels (L): 0.00 ERA, 1.36 FIP; 4.50 K/BB (with Cubs)


Royals: Jake Junis (R): 5.12 ERA, 5.41 FIP; 3.03 K/BB

Kansas City Royals:

  1. Whit Merrifield, CF
  2. Alex Gordon, LF
  3. Salvador Perez, C
  4. Hunter Dozier, 3B
  5. Rosell Herrera, RF
  6. Jorge Bonifacio, DH
  7. Raul Mondesi, 2B
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS
  9. Drew Butera, 1B

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Jason Heyward, RF
  4. Javy Baez, 3B
  5. Kyle Schwarber, DH
  6. Willson Contreras, C
  7. Ian Happ, LF
  8. Addison Russell, SS
  9. Albert Almora Jr., CF

Author: Michael Cerami

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