Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Preview, Thursday 4/28, 8:40 CT: A Trip To The Warm

Here's the National Weather Service forecast for the Phoenix area today and tonight:

This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 93. Southwest wind around 9 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 67. West southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Wow. Just stop and look at that for a moment. On a day when it's been 48 degrees outside my Chicago window pretty much all day, it makes me feel a little warmer just looking at that forecast. I don't know whether the roof at Chase Field will be open or not tonight (it was for the D'backs day game vs. the Phillies yesterday), but I'm guessing every single Cub (yes, even you, Matt Garza) must be real happy to get out of this nasty cold windy biting drizzly weather that refuses to let Chicago out of its grip. No game time temperature at Wrigley Field yet this year has been as high as the forecast low shown above.

Cubs lineup:

Fukudome RF, Castro SS, Baker 2B, Ramirez 3B, Peña 1B, Byrd CF, Colvin LF, Hill C, Dempster P

Hmmm. This is the same lineup (except for Dempster) that was supposed to start Wednesday's game vs. the Rockies.

D'backs lineup:

Young CF, Johnson 2B, Upton RF, Drew SS, Montero C, Mora 3B, Branyan 1B, Parra LF, Enright RHP
Today's Starting Pitchers
Ryan Dempster
Ryan Dempster
Cubs
vs. Barry Enright
Barry Enright
Diamondbacks
1-2 W-L 0-2
7.63 ERA 6.65
29 SO 14
12 BB 7
8 HR 5
vs. Ari -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ryan Dempster 1-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 30.2 38 27 26 8 12 29 7.63 1.63


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Barry Enright 0-2 5 4 0 0 0 0 23.0 32 17 17 5 7 14 6.65 1.70

Ryan Dempster is off to a rough start; his eight home runs allowed lead the National League. That said, his "best" (and none of them have been great) start of the year was probably April 5 at Wrigley Field vs. the Diamondbacks. He lost, but threw seven decent innings and did not allow a home run. Doing that tonight would at least keep his team in the game.

Barry Enright started against the Cubs on April 5 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the game, but Enright got a no-decision. He did allow a homer to Tyler Colvin, so there's that. Enright has given up at least four earned runs in all of his starts this year, and in his last outing allowed 12 hits in 5.2 innings... to the Mets, not an offensive juggernaut.

Today's game is on WGN and FSN Arizona. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Diamondbacks site AZ Snake Pit.

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 8:30 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 9:30 pm, 10:30 pm and 11:15 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to rain delays or extra innings, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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