Alright, Well ... There's Still Baseball To Play: Mariners at Cubs, September 2-3, 2019

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Alright, Well … There’s Still Baseball To Play: Mariners at Cubs, September 2-3, 2019

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs will play host to the Seattle Mariners this week, in what will be the second-to-last series against a non-NL Central team all year. After this quick, two-game set, the Cubs have an off-day on Wednesday, and then begin a stretch of 18-straight games.

Here’s how that long stretch goes:

  • Brewers: four-game series (road)
  • Padres: four-game series (road)
  • Pirates: three-game series (home)
  • Reds: three-game series (home)
  • Cardinals: four-game series (home)

There’s an off-day after that Cardinals series, then six straight contests (Pirates and Cardinals) on the road to end the season – all of these games against NL Central rivals in September makes this series against the already-eliminated Mariners feel so out of place. Oh well.

Cubs better start winning against whomever they can beat:

We’re Going Streaking

The Chicago Cubs (73-63) looked like they had things under control after sweeping the Mets and taking game 1 from the Brewers, but they’ve lost two in a row and are now 3.0 games behind the Cardinals with just 26 games to go

The Seattle Mariners (58-80) have been eliminated from contention in their division and have an elimination number of just 4 for the Wild Card. Their season is over. The Cubs better take advantage.

Game Times and Broadcasts Info

  • Monday, September 2nd at 1:20 CT on WGN, 670 The Score
  • Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:05 CT on NBCSCH, 670 The Score

Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Justus Sheffield (L) v. Kyle Hendricks (R)
Game 2: Felix Hernandez (R) v. Jon Lester (L)

Chicago Cubs

  • C – Victor Caratini
  • 1B – Anthony Rizzo
  • 2B – Ian Happ/Ben Zobrist?
  • 3B – Kris Bryant
  • SS – Javy Baez(?)/Addison Russell
  • LF – Kyle Schwarber
  • CF – Jason Heyward
  • RF – Nicholas Castellanos

Unavailable: Willson Contreras, Derek Holland, Xavier Cedeno, Brandon Morrow, Allen Webster

Seattle Mariners

  • C – Omar Narvaez
  • 1B – Austin Nola
  • 2B – Dee Gordon
  • 3B – Kyle Seager
  • SS – J.P. Crawford
  • LF – Tim Lopes
  • CF – Jake Fraley
  • RF – Mallex Smith

Unavailable: Domingo Santana, Chasen Bradford, Connor Sadzeck

Keep An Eye Out For …

Cubs Pitcher: Kyle Hendricks was tagged for six earned runs over just 4.2 IP his last time out, which is frustrating because that followed two excellent, 7.0-IP starts with jus 1 earned run combined before that. I don’t know which Hendricks we’re going to get today – or for the rest of the season – but if he’s not getting on top of his game, this team isn’t going anywhere.

Cubs Player: Ben Zobrist is not going to be the guy making the biggest impact down the stretch, but I’m desperate to see what, if anything, he can bring to this team. I believe Joe Maddon was not planning to start Zobrist today, but maybe tomorrow. We’ll see him soon enough, especially if Javy Baez needs to miss any time.

Mariners Pitcher: Felix Hernandez will be making his 11th start of the season against the Cubs tomorrow. But even though he’s only 33-years-old, it’s been quite some time since he’s been King Felix. The Cubs should be perfectly capable of hitting the guy with a 6.02 ERA.

Mariners Player: Kyle Seager has basically been the Mariners only offensive weapon in the second-half of the season, so if they stay away from him, they should be able to limit the damage.

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Author: Michael Cerami

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