Honestly? I don't think I could write anything here that would get you more interested or excited about this afternoon's game than you already are.
I'll just note that it's been 14 years since any Cubs team has won 10 games in a row. That's too long, I think. Just win, baby.
There is one note about this afternoon that could affect play for both teams: It's going to be hot -- low 90s, possibly the hottest day of the year in Chicago so far.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Denorfia LF, Bryant DH, Rizzo 1B, Soler RF, Russell SS, Castro 2B, Montero C, Herrera 3B
Kyle Schwarber gets today off against Chris Sale.
The White Sox lineup was not available at the time I wrote this preview. Please check the BCB Twitter feed for the White Sox lineup.
Today's Starting Pitchers
Dan Haren last faced the White Sox a little over a year ago, June 3, 2014 at Dodger Stadium. Jose Abreu and Tyler Flowers homered off Haren that day. Home runs have been Haren's biggest downside this year, so the only thing that can really be said is that if he gives up any today, they'll be with the bases empty. The best-case scenario is that he can keep the game close while the Cubs try to solve...
Chris Sale, who dominated the Cubs July 11 at Wrigley Field, has not been good since then. Over five starts since the All-Star break, Sale has a 6.39 ERA in 31 innings. His last outing, last Monday against the Angels, was pretty good, and the Cubs are going to have to be very, very good to defeat one of the better pitchers in the American League.
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.