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Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks preview, Thursday 8/3, 1:20 CT

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The Cubs can win another series with a victory this afternoon. If it doesn’t rain.

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You will need this today:

There’s a 50 percent chance of storms today, although some forecasts have the bigger storms holding off till evening.. And the reason that’s a problem for the Cubs and Diamondbacks is this: It’s the final regular-season game Arizona plays in Chicago this year. It has meaning for both teams re: playoffs. The teams have no common off days in the time remaining this season. Thus they have three choices:

  • If they have to call the game, play it in Phoenix next week. I think you can see why that’s a non-starter.
  • If they have to call the game, save it and play it at the end of the season if it still has meaning for the postseason. That could work, but it crams it into a postseason schedule that could have tiebreakers and puts it at risk of weather issues again.

Or:

  • Do everything they can to play this game today.

I’m pretty sure you know what the Cubs are going to decide.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Jay CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Contreras C, Schwarber LF, Happ 2B, Heyward RF, Baez SS, Quintana P

Diamondbacks lineup:

Blanco LF, Rosales SS, Pollock CF, Goldschmidt 1B, Martinez RF, Drury 2B, Lamb 3B, Mathis C, Greinke P

Jose Quintana vs. Zack Greinke

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Quintana has thrown well in all three of his starts for the Cubs since coming over in the big trade with the White Sox earlier this month.

You’re not going to like this next part. He faced the Diamondbacks earlier this year while with the Sox, May 24 in Phoenix, and got hit really hard: eight runs in 4⅓ innings, including a homer from Jake Lamb.

Hopefully, that was a one-off, and won’t be repeated today.

Zack Greinke has recovered from a poor 2016 season to have a good year in 2017, and almost all of his starts can be categorized at least as “good.”

He has an odd history at Wrigley Field. He’s made four starts there. The first three were, to put it mildly, disastrous: 14 innings, 18 earned runs. Those three were in 2011, 2012 and 2014, against bad Cubs teams.

When he finally faced a good Cubs team at Wrigley, June 23, 2015, he threw six shutout innings. (The Cubs won that game 1-0 in 10 innings.)

Therefore, my conclusion about Greinke pitching in Wrigley: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Today's game is on WGN.

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

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