Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Nationals (6:05 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Nationals (6:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs toughest pitching matchup of the series, Max Scherzer, doesn’t arrive until tomorrow, but after escaping Stephen Strasburg with a win last night, they’ve gotta be feeling pretty good about their chances this series. Win this game tonight, and you guarantee yourself a split. Lose it, and things get a little tricky. Fortunately, the Cubs have Jon Lester on the mound this evening and he’s coming off four straight excellent starts since his blow up against … oh, Washington. Yep, in his last four outings, Lester has gone a combined 23.2 IP allowing just 4 earned runs (1.52 ERA) on 21 strikeouts and 4 walks. Unfortunately, in the start prior, Lester allowed 8 earned runs on 10 hits in just 3.2 innings pitched against the Nationals. Let’s hope we don’t have a repeat performance. Meanwhile, Joe Ross is starting against the Cubs tonight and he did pretty well against them his last time out: 6.2 IP, 5H, 2ER, 3BB, 7Ks. Once again, let’s hope we don’t get a repeat performance. A win tonight brings the Cubs magic number down to 17, regardless of what the Brewers and Cardinals do. Let’s see if they can get it.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (83-57) at Washington Nationals (69-72) – Friday, September 7th at 6:05 CT on CSNC, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jon Lester (R): 3.53 ERA, 4.63 FIP; 2.25 K/BB versus Nationals: Joe Ross (R): 5.01 ERA, 4.99 FIP; 3.40 K/BB

Washington Nationals:

  1. Adam Eaton, RF
  2. Trea Turner, SS
  3. Bryce Harper, CF
  4. Anthony Rendon, 3B
  5. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
  6. Juan Soto, LF
  7. Adrian Sanchez, 2B
  8. Spencer Kieboom, C
  9. Joe Ross, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  2. Javy Baez, SS
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Kris Bryant, RF
  5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  6. David Bote, 3B
  7. Willson Contreras, C
  8. Jon Lester, P
  9. Ian Happ, CF

Author: Michael Cerami

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