Here are today's particulars.
Szczur CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Soler RF, Zobrist 2B, Contreras LF, Baez SS, Ross C, Hammel P
Villar SS, Gennett 2B, Braun LF, Perez 3B, Carter 1B, Nieuwenhuis RF, Broxton CF, Maldonado C, Anderson P
Jason Hammel has made two starts vs. the Brewers this year, with six earned runs allowed in 11 total innings. Since the All-Star break, though, Hammel has been excellent: 1.16 ERA, 0.935 WHIP, and the Cubs have won all five games he's started. Ryan Braun (9-for-25, three HR) and Scooter Gennett (7-for-22, two doubles) are the only Brewers who have given him trouble. Keep those guys off base and Hammel should do fine.
Chase Anderson threw seven no-hit innings vs. the Cubs May 17 at Miller Park until Ben Zobrist led off the eighth with a double. Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant homered back-to-back off him in the ninth to ruin his shutout. Yes, remember that? Heyward actually hitting homers? Anyway, that game was the only time this year that Anderson has pitched past the sixth inning. He's done reasonably well since the All-Star break (3.20 ERA), and Zobrist, Heyward and Bryant are the only current Cubs to have hits off him. Let's change that tonight, shall we?
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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.
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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.
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