Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Blue Jays (6:07 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Blue Jays (6:07 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

Javier Assad came up to make his big league debut against the Cardinals last week, and while it wasn’t a perfect appearance, it was a useful outing in a pinch: 4.0 scoreless innings with just 4 hits.

Assad was a little wild (4 walks), but he also got an impressive 9 whiffs on 85 pitches, most of which came from his four-seamer (4).

Assad’s first big league strikeout strikeout came against Albert Pujols ( “It’s something that I never would have imagined,” Assad said via team translator Will Nadal on Tuesday afternoon. “Pujols is a great player. We all know the historic player that he is. I was 3 years old when he debuted. So I never would’ve imagined that I would’ve been facing him — let alone getting that strikeout.”

Fun stuff.

Assad has a tough matchup ahead of him, however, with the righty Jose Berríos on the mound for Toronto.

Berríos is coming off back-to-back solid outings with a combined 12.2 IP and just 3 earned runs, plus 15Ks to 2 walks — and that was the Red Sox and Yankees. However, that came on the heels of two disastrous outings against the Guardians and Twins with a combined 7.2 IP and 13 earned runs plus more walks (4) than strikeouts (2).

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more up-and-down stretch than that. Hopefully, he’s back off his game and the Cubs can steal Game 1 tonight.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (55-73) at Toronto Blue Jays (68-58) – Monday, August 29 at 6:07 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Blue Jays: Jose Berríos, RHP

Cubs: Javier Assad, RHP

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

  1. Nick Madrigal, 2B
  2. Willson Contreras, C
  3. Ian Happ, LF
  4. Seiya Suzuki, RF
  5. Franmil Reyes, DH
  6. Nico Hoerner, SS
  7. Rafael Ortega, CF
  8. Alfonso Rivas, 1B
  9. Chris Morel, 3B

Toronto Blue Jays:

  1. George Springer, CF
  2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B
  3. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF
  4. Alejandro Kirk, DH
  5. Bo Bichette, SS
  6. Cavan Biggio, 2B
  7. Matt Chapman, 3B
  8. Raimel Tapia, RF
  9. Danny Jansen, C

Author: Michael Cerami

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