The last time a Cubs team won a series from the Nationals in Washington was in 2010. That was the first series after Lou Piniella's abrupt retirement; you remember, I'm sure, that the team played well after Mike Quade took over. The Cubs swept a three-game set from the Nats in August 2010, a year when the Cubs were actually better than the Nats (the Cubs lost 87 games that year, the Nats 93).
The Cubs also haven't won a season series from the Nationals since 2010. Since then they are 13-21 against the Nats as the fortunes of both teams have gone in opposite directions.
This year the Cubs are improved and have proven they can play close games with the Nationals and actually win some of them. They can win this series and the season series, which concludes today, with a victory Sunday afternoon.
Here are today's particulars:
Fowler CF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Montero C, Coghlan LF, Castro SS, Denorfia RF, Hendricks P, Herrera 2B
Span CF, Escobar 3B, Harper RF, Rendon 2B, Ramos C, Desmond SS, Moore 1B, Taylor LF, Zimmermann P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Here's another pitching rematch.
Kyle Hendricks had an excellent outing against the Nats May 26 at Wrigley Field, the only game the Cubs won in that series. He allowed only four hits in seven innings, one of them a homer by Bryce Harper, and there's no shame in that, not this year, anyway. Another outing just like that one, please.
Jordan Zimmermann also had a good outing that night at Wrigley. He allowed a leadoff homer to Dexter Fowler and then shut the Cubs down the rest of his seven innings with only five more hits. That's the game Kris Bryant won with the homer off the left-field video board. Bryant is homerless in nine games since then. About time that changed, right?
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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The 2015 Game Thread procedure has changed a bit. Here's how it will work going forward.
You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).
At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.
The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.