Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Rockies (7:40 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Rockies (7:40 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

Justin Steele had a really excellent regular season debut at Wrigley Field to start the year (5.0 scoreless innings against the Brewers), but he has a more difficult task ahead of him tonight against the Rockies in Coors Field. And that’s not only because of the location.

It’s obviously not a huge sample size just yet, but the Rockies have really hit left-handed pitching well this season: .320/.407/.467 (145 wRC+). That includes six doubles (3rd in MLB), a triple (t-1st), a homer, and six walks in 87 PAs (3rd most against LHP in MLB so far this year). The good news is that the Rockies have also been hitting a TON of ground balls this season (both against lefties and just overall). Of course, the Cubs best available shortstop, Nico Hoerner, is not in the lineup. So … call it a wash?

As for the Rockies starter, Kyle Freeland, he was torched for 5 runs in 3.2 innings against the Dodgers (five hits and two walks) in his regular season debut. But the Cubs lineup tonight and the Dodgers typical group are … very different this year. So don’t go dreaming just yet. The Cubs bats were very quiet in Pittsburgh against mediocre (at best) pitching.

It’s a late one tonight, but I’ll be up with you the entire way (got my Starbucks and everything). So good luck, Justin Steele. And go Cubs!

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (3-2) at Colorado Rockies (4-1) – Thursday, April 14 at 7:40 CT on Marquee, 670 The Score

Bet of the Day:

DraftKings has a +200 boost for any player to homer in tonight’s Cubs-Rockies game. So given that it’s taking place at Coors Field and there’s a lefty on the mound, Seiya Suzuki feels like a pretty good bet. Possibly any of the Cubs right-handed sluggers, though. Willson Contreras, for example, has been hitting the ball extremely hard lately:

Starting Pitchers

Rockies: Kyle Freeland (L)

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Cubs: Justin Steele (L)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

1. Clint Frazier, DH
2. Nick Madrigal, 2B
3. Jonathan Villar, SS
4. Frank Schwindel, 1B
5. Seiya Suzuki, RF
6. Yan Gomes, C
7. Michael Hermosillo, CF
8. Ian Happ, LF
9. Patrick Wisdom, 3B

Colorado Rockies:

1. Connor Joe, DH
2. Charlie Blackmon, RF
3. Kris Bryant, LF
4. C.J. Cron, 1B
5. Brendan Rodgers, 2B
6. Ryan McMahon, 3B
7. Elias Diaz, C
8. Jose Iglesias, SS
9. Yonathan Daza, CF


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