There's not a whole lot new to report this afternoon, so let's get right to today's game details.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Soler LF, Russell SS, Montero C, Arrieta P
Whatever was bothering Dexter Fowler yesterday obviously wasn't serious, as he's back in his usual leadoff spot tonight.
Utley 2B, Seager SS, Gonzalez 1B, Pederson CF, Thompson LF, Kendrick 3B, Puig RF, Grandal C, Kazmir P
Jake Arrieta had his worst outing of the year in his last start, against the Cardinals. Now, "worst" for Jake might be acceptable for many others. Today will be his first start against the Dodgers since he no-hit them last August in Los Angeles. Current members of the Dodgers are hitting .194 (14-for-72) against Jake with two home runs (Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford).
Ah, Scott Kazmir. Remember when I wanted the Cubs to sign him? Back in 2013 or 2014, that might have been a good idea. But since Kazmir was traded to the Astros last summer, he hasn't been good. He's been a bit better in May this year (4.13 ERA) than he was in April (5.76 ERA). His odyssey through baseball means he hasn't faced the Cubs since 2010, and only three current Cubs (Dexter Fowler, David Ross and Ben Zobrist) have ever faced him (small sample size of 2-for-20).
Today's game is on ABC7 Chicago. Outside the Chicago and Los Angeles markets it will be available nationally on ESPN.
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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.