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The Cubs are going for five wins in a row this afternoon.

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The Cubs have won five or more consecutive games three times this year: five straight from June 2-6, six in a row from July 14-19, and five in a row from August 18-23.

They can make that four times with a win this afternoon over the Braves.

One note: It appears Carl Edwards Jr. has righted the ship:

Keep up the good work, CJ.

The big news of the morning has been covered in other articles previously, so let’s get right to this afternoon’s game information.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Zobrist 2B, Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Happ CF, Avila C, Heyward RF, Baez SS, Lackey P

Braves lineup:

Inciarte CF, Albies 2B, Freeman 1B, Kemp LF, Markakis RF, Suzuki C, Ruiz 3B, Swanson SS, Foltynewicz P

John Lackey vs. Mike Foltynewicz

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John Lackey threw five good innings against the Braves July 18 in Atlanta.

I’m not really sure what else to say about him. At times he’s looked really dominant this year. He had a similar game going Sunday in Philadelphia before an error opened the door for a big inning for the Phillies. It’s said that Lackey can let things like this bother him. I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is he needs to fix that.

Hoping for a solid performance from Lackey this afternoon.

Mike Foltynewicz had a pretty good first half, but since the All-Star break he’s been really bad: 7.05 ERA, 1.836 WHIP in nine starts. Opposing hitters are batting .312/.401/.487 against him in that span, which is ... not good.

He has not faced the Cubs this year. In fact, the last start he made vs. the Cubs was more than two years ago, August 20, 2015 at Wrigley Field, and Cubs hitters pounded him: eight hits and seven runs in 4⅔ innings, including a home run by Anthony Rizzo.

Today's game is on WGN. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Chicago and Atlanta markets).

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

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