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

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

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After losing to the Cubs in each of their first two games, the Phillies are switching up their lineup this afternoon, removing Nick Castellanos and Bryson Stott in favor of Nick Maton and Matt Vierling. Clearly, they’re afraid of Javier Assad. As they should be.

All jokes aside, the Cubs have played a big role in reducing the Phillies lead over the Brewers in the Wild Card race (now just 0.5 games!), which certainly does give you some mixed feelings. The winning is great, but I’d rather not help Milwaukee. At least the Angels have also won three in a row, keeping them tied with the Cubs for 10th in the reverse standings.

Anyway … Ranger Suarez is on the mound for the Phillies this afternoon. And he’s coming off three straight solid outings (combined): 18.2 IP, 14H, 5ER, 6BB, 12Ks. The contact has been hard during this stretch, but the barrel rate is low and the groundball rate is high. He’s also still got his command. If he could strike someone out every now and then, he’d be pretty dang good. Let’s see if he can play stopper for the Phillies this afternoon at a chilly Wrigley Field.

Go Cubs.

Game Info

Philadelphia Phillies (83-71) at Chicago Cubs (69-86) – Thursday, September 29 at 1:20 CT on Marquee, MLBN, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Phillies: Ranger Suárez, LHP

Cubs: Javier Assad, RHP

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

  1. Willson Contreras, C
  2. Seiya Suzuki, RF
  3. Ian Happ, LF
  4. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
  5. Nico Hoerner, SS
  6. Franmil Reyes, DH
  7. David Bote, 1B
  8. Nelson Velázquez, CF
  9. Chris Morel, 2B

Philadelphia Phillies:

  1. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
  3. Bryce Harper, DH
  4. J.T. Realmuto, C
  5. Alec Bohm, 3B
  6. Brandon Marsh, CF
  7. Jean Segura, 2B
  8. Nick Maton, SS
  9. Matt Vierling, RF

Author: Michael Cerami

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