Fortunately, the rain that has plagued the area the last couple of days seems to have moved out, so this game should go on as scheduled.
Just in case, here's a live, updating weather radar:
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant LF, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Russell SS, Baez 3B, Ross C, Lester P
Hernandez 2B, Turner 3B, Seager SS, Kendrick 1B, Thompson RF, Pederson CF, Ellis C, Crawford LF, Bolsinger P
Jon Lester's May (3.29 ERA) wasn't as good as his April (1.83 ERA) but that was largely due to the clunker of a start he had in San Francisco. His last outing was just fine (6⅓ innings, one earned run, seven strikeouts). He faced the Dodgers twice last year and wasn't very good against them (10 innings, nine earned runs), so let's hope the 2016 version of Lester is better. Current Dodgers are hitting .240 (24-for-100) against Lester with no home runs.
Mike Bolsinger was recalled by the Dodgers a couple of weeks ago and has made two starts. He didn't finish six innings in either of them and now has not pitched in eight days. He made one start against the Cubs last year, June 24 at Wrigley Field, and allowed six hits and two runs in 4⅔ innings in a game the Dodgers eventually won. Addison Russell had a pair of hits in that game, and Jason Heyward is 2-for-4 with a double and two walks against him. Small sample size, but let's hope Heyward can get going starting tonight.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago. It's also being carried nationally on ESPN except in the Los Angeles market. NOTE! This presumably means that if you are in the Chicago market and don't get CSN Chicago, you can watch the game on ESPN. Check your cable/satellite listings to make sure.
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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.