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Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves Preview, Sunday 8/14, 12:35 CT: Hey, How About A Series Win?

Carlos Marmol of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Carlos Marmol of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Here's the deal. We've had far too much controversy this weekend. Those things aren't going away, but I'm thinking that for at least one day -- a Sunday afternoon -- maybe we could all just put that aside and enjoy baseball for its own sake.

The Cubs played pretty well yesterday. They have a chance to win a series from a good team for the first time in... well, a while. What's wrong with that? For a day, at least, put all the turmoil away and just root for the Cubs to win.

Cubs lineup:

Castro SS, Barney 2B, Ramirez 3B, Pena 1B, Byrd CF, Soriano LF, Colvin RF, Soto C, Garza P

Braves lineup:

Bourn CF, Prado 3B, McCann C, Uggla 2B, Freeman 1B, Heyward RF, Gonzalez SS, Constanza LF, Beachy P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Matt Garza
Matt Garza
Cubs
vs. Brandon Beachy
Brandon Beachy
Braves
5-9 W-L 5-2
3.81 ERA 3.43
138 SO 105
48 BB 31
11 HR 14
vs. Atl -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Matt Garza 5-9 22 22 1 0 0 0 134.2 127 66 57 11 48 138 3.81 1.30


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brandon Beachy 5-2 17 17 0 0 0 0 97.0 84 40 37 14 31 105 3.43 1.19

Matt Garza has never faced the Braves, not even in interleague play. He has faced a handful of current Braves, who have hit .255 (12-for-47) against him with no home runs. Michael Bourn's done the best -- 4-for-11.

Brandon Beachy has never faced the Cubs or anyone on the current roster. You know what usually happens when the Cubs face a pitcher like that. Beachy has been quite good this year, too.

Today's game is on WGN and FSN South. 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 Braves site Talking Chop.

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 12:35 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:15 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.