Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Braves (6:20 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Braves (6:20 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have stumbled a bit after a nice start to the season. But after winning in extras last night, they have a chance to take two out of three in Atlanta. And that’s never a bad outcome.

Of course, the Cubs will have their work cut out for them in this one. Not only will Drew Smyly be tasked with the return of Ronald Acuña Jr., but the Cubs offense will also have to face a red-hot Kyle Wright.

Wright has recorded 26 strikeouts (against just 2 walks) in his three starts this season, good for a 39.4% strikeout rate and 3.0% walk rate. He’s also been keeping the ball on the ground, limiting the hard contact, and generally preventing runs (2 ER overall, 1.06 ERA).

The Cubs may have one of the lowest strikeout teams in MLB this season, but they’re about to run into one of best strikeout performers of the year.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (8-10) at Atlanta Braves (8-11) – Thursday, April 28 at 6:20 CT on Marquee, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Braves: Kyle Wright (R)

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Cubs: Drew Smyly (L)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

1. Rafael Ortega, DH
2. Seiya Suzuki, RF
3. Ian Happ, LF
4. Willson Contreras, C
5. Jonathan Villar, 2B
6. Alfonso Rivas, 1B
7. Jason Heyward, CF
8. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
9. Nico Hoerner, SS

Atlanta Braves:

1. Ronald Acuña Jr., RF
2. Matt Olson, 1B
3. Austin Riley, 3B
4. Marcell Ozuna, DH
5. Ozzie Albies, 2B
6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
7. Adam Duvall, CF
8. Travis Demeritte, LF
9. Dansby Swanson, SS



Author: Michael Cerami

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