Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Pirates (12:05 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Pirates (12:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

There’s nothing particularly surprising about the Cubs start to the season – we knew all about their high levels of variance coming into the year – but I just know that a loss to the Pirates this afternoon would really hurt. Losing back-to-back series (one to the worst team in MLB, and and one to the team you’re supposed to be battling against in the NL Central), while moving below .500 just sounds terrible. It wouldn’t end the Cubs chances this season, but I don’t have to remind you how important an early show of success is. Without it, this thing is going to be blown up by July. Please don’t do that to us, Cubs. It’s already a cold and rainy day. I need a little sunshine in my life.

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Given the way the Cubs bats have been going (or not going) here lately, they may have to rely on an outstanding pitching performance from top to bottom to pull out a win. So let’s hope that Trevor Williams has more luck in his second start of the year than Zach Davies did in his yesterday. Fortunately, Williams is actually coming off one of the better starts of his career in front of his family at Wrigley Field. He is returning to face the team he spent his entire career with today – and that affects different players differently (not always for the better) – but he’s probably riding a nice wave of confidence coming into today. So I’m feeling goof about him too.

The Cubs are batting .160/.268/.336 (.70 wRC+) so far this season, which is the second-worst offensive production in the entire league. But there’s simply WAY too much potential in this group to stick at these depths for too long. It’d be nice if they could start their ascent soon, though. Like, you know, maybe today.

 

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (2-6) at Chicago Cubs (4-4) – Sunday, April 11th at 12:00 CT on Marquee Sports Network, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Pirates: JT Brubaker (R)

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Cubs: Trevor Williams (R)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

1. Ian Happ, CF
2. Willson Contreras, C
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Joc Pederson, LF
6. Javy Baez, SS
7. Jason Heyward, RF
8. Eric Sogard, 2B
9. Trevor Williams, P

Pittsburgh Pirates:

1. Adam Frazier, 2B
2. Phillip Evans, 3B
3. Bryan Reynolds, LF
4. Colin Moran, 1B
5. Kevin Newman, SS
6. Gregory Polanco, RF
7. Jacob Stallings, C
8. Dustin Fowler, CF
9. JT Brubaker, P



Author: Michael Cerami

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