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

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)

versus

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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Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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