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Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Soler LF, Montero C, Baez SS, Arrieta P
Span CF, Panik 2B, Duffy 3B, Posey C, Belt 1B, Pence RF, Crawford SS, Peavy P, Pagan LF
Jake Arrieta had one shaky inning in his last outing against the Pirates, but otherwise he was as solid as we've come to expect from him. Last year he allowed no earned runs (one unearned) in 13⅔ innings against the Giants. Current Giants are 18-for-74 (.243) with no home runs off Jake. Let's keep it that way.
Wow, Jake Peavy has been bad this year. It took a six-inning, one-run start in his last outing to get his ERA under eight. He's allowed 55 hits, 15 walks and seven home runs in 40 innings this year. His numbers against the Cubs last year -- 11⅔ innings, four earned runs -- don't look too bad, until you remember this game at Wrigley, where Dexter Fowler led off the bottom of the first with a 12-pitch at-bat and Peavy wound up throwing 101 pitches in five innings. Good times. Let's see more of that tonight.
Today's game is on WGN.
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The 2016 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used at the end of 2015. Here's how it works.
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.