Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Diamondbacks (3:10 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Diamondbacks (3:10 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

Justin Steele is taking the mound for the Cubs this lovely Sunday afternoon, looking to bring home a second consecutive series win for Chicago. And he’ll be going up against a Diamondbacks squad that has struggled with left-handed pitching all season (83 wRC+, 27th in MLB). Not a bad matchup for your first game back from … whatever that hand/finger/knuckle injury was all about.

The Cubs, meanwhile, will face swing starter (and excellent name-haver) Humberto Castellanos, who’s coming off two pretty solid starts against Miami (combined): 11.0 IP, 8H, 3ER, 1BB, 8Ks. The Cardinals got to him big time just before that (five runs in 2.0 IP), but he’s had more good starts than bad starts this season.

Castellanos is primarily a sinker-slider-curveball guy, but he’ll occasionally mix in a change up and a four-seamer, just to keep hitters honest. He doesn’t throw hard and he doesn’t strike a lot of guys out, but he also doesn’t walk many batters. So the Cubs will have to get lucky with their balls in play today. I like both matchups for the Cubs, overall.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (12-20) at Arizona Diamondbacks (18-16) – Sunday, May 15 at 3:10 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Diamondbacks: Humberto Castellanos (R)


Cubs: Justin Steele (L)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

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

Arizona Diamondbacks:

1. Cooper Hummel, LF
2. Jordan Luplow, RF
3. Ketel Marte, 2B
4. Christian Walker, 1B
5. Pavin Smith, DH
6. Daulton Varsho, C
7. Nick Ahmed, SS
8. Josh Rojas, 3B
9. Alek Thomas, CF

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Author: Michael Cerami

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