ICYMI late Friday night, the Brewers beat the Diamondbacks 8-6, so the Cubs begin today's action two games out of first place.
For as mediocre as the Cubs have been over this season's first 60 games, that's not anything near an insurmountable deficit. We know this team has talent; at times they've shown it. I still expect them to run off a long winning streak sometime soon.
Today would be a good day to start that.
Here are today’s particulars.
Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Heyward RF, Almora CF, Contreras C, Russell SS, Butler P
Blackmon CF, LeMahieu 2B, Arenado 3B, Reynolds 1B, Desmond LF, Amarista SS, Tapia RF, Wolters C, Hoffman P
Eddie Butler vs. Jeff Hoffman
This afternoon, Eddie Butler gets his first chance to show his old team that they made a mistake in getting rid of him. Butler had an excellent outing on Monday, allowing just three hits, a walk and one run to the Marlins in 5⅔ innings. His five starts have included three pretty good ones and two bad ones. He's clearly got talent; let's hope it shows here today. He's obviously never faced the Rockies and the only member of the Rockies he has faced is Ian Desmond (1-for-2).
Jeff Hoffman was the No. 1 choice of the Blue Jays in the 2014 draft and came to the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki deal. He made his major-league debut last year and will be making his 10th big-league start this afternoon. One of those previous starts was against the Cubs August 20, 2016 at Coors Field, and they hit him pretty hard: seven hits and seven runs in four innings. Kris Bryant homered off him. He also had a relief appearance earlier this year against the Cubs. Bryant homered off him in that one, too.
Today's game is on ABC7 Chicago.
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