The Cubs have already lost more games to the Braves this year than they did last year. Time for that to stop, wouldn't you say?
The Braves' organist was playing what he felt were appropriate songs for Cubs players when they came to bat yesterday, which is pretty cool. He put out a Twitter call for a song for Jake Arrieta:
Now fess up. Someone here did this, right?
We'll see if he actually does that this afternoon.
Here are today's particulars.
There is no Cubs lineup available at the time of this post, and here's why:
No BP today for #Cubs. Waiting to see how Rizzo feels before posting lineup— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 11, 2016
If you see a lineup cross Twitter, please post it in the comments.
Inciarte CF, d'Arnaud SS, Freeman 1B, Markakis RF, Garcia 3B, Pierzynski C, Peterson 2B, Wisler P, Smith LF
Time for Jake Arrieta to start another winning streak, and this should be the team to do it against. He has not faced the Braves this year, but last year in two starts: 13 innings, seven hits, no runs allowed, 17 strikeouts. Current Braves are hitting .279 (17-for-61) against Jake with three home runs, two by A.J. Pierzynski, who is 8-for-14 lifetime against him and is starting today.
Matt Wisler's numbers look pretty decent for this season, but not recently. He has a 7.41 ERA over his last three starts, with four home runs allowed in 17 innings. He has not faced the Cubs this year, but on August 23, 2015 at Wrigley Field they hit him pretty hard -- seven earned runs in 2⅔ innings, including a home run by Dexter Fowler.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago. Outside the Chicago and Atlanta markets it will be available on MLB Network.
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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.