Pre-Gamin': Diamondbacks at Cubs (1:20 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread (Game On)

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Pre-Gamin’: Diamondbacks at Cubs (1:20 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread (Game On)

Chicago Cubs

Update: We’re delayed. 

Update 2: Game on.

It’s a battle of the lefties today at Wrigley Field, as Madison Bumgarner takes on Justin Steele.

Steele is coming off a brilliant start against these very Diamondbacks last weekend (6.0 IP, 3H, 1ER, 2BB, 10Ks), though it’s not usually beneficial for the pitcher to face the same lineup twice in short order.

Meanwhile, although Bumgarner’s results this season have been phenomenal (2.29 ERA), the underlying statistics are troubling: 14.3K%, 9.5BB%, 38.4 hard%, 37.3 groundball rate. And he’s benefiting from a ridiculous .222 BABIP and 82.4 strand rate. None of that is going to last. The Cubs *can* get to him.

Or, at least, a normal Cubs lineup can. But today’s group is … an eclectic one. And I can’t help but feel this is correct:


Game Info

Arizona Diamondbacks (20-21) at Chicago Cubs (15-23) – Saturday, May 21 at 1:20 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Diamondbacks: Madison Bumgarner (L)


Cubs: Justin Steele (L)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

1. Willson Contreras, DH
2. Jonathan Villar, 3B
3. Seiya Suzuki, RF
4. Yan Gomes, C
5. Frank Schwindel, 1B
6. Patrick Wisdom, LF
7. Christopher Morel, CF
8. Ildemaro Vargas, 2B
9. Andrelton Simmons, SS

Arizona Diamondbacks:

1. Jordan Luplow, DH
2. Josh Rojas, 3B
3. Ketel Marte, 2B
4. Christian Walker, 1B
5. Jake McCarthy, RF
6. Daulton Varsho, C
7. David Peralta, LF
8. Alek Thomas, CF
9. Geraldo Perdomo, SS

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