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Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves preview, Monday 5/14, 1:20 CT

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The weather will be better than the last time the Braves were in town.

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You surely remember the Cubs’ amazing comeback win April 14 against the Braves at Wrigley; if not, here’s the game recap of them overcoming an eight-run deficit on what was described by almost everyone (including me) as the worst weather they’d ever seen a full game played in. The weather wasn’t any better the next day, which is why we’re having this makeup game on a Monday afternoon.

It will be nicer this afternoon at Wrigley Field with temperatures in the 60s. It’s rained much of the morning in Chicago, but this weather forecast has more storms holding off until evening. They really have to get this game in, because the teams don’t really have any more suitable common off days.

This is an unusual situation, playing a makeup game against a team at Wrigley and then a series against the same team in their home city. I wouldn’t swear to it, but I can’t recall this happening before, not in my memory, at least.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Braves lineup:

Jose Quintana, LHP vs. Julio Teheran, RHP

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That April 14 game was started by Jose Quintana, and it was the worst start he’s had as a Cub: seven runs in 2⅓ innings, including a home run by Ozzie Albies.

So let’s forget about that one, and look instead at his numbers since then: 2.01 ERA, 1.254 WHIP in four starts. His last outing, May 9 against the Marlins, was excellent. Q looks like he’s back to being the consistent guy the Cubs traded for last summer.

Julio Teheran is having a very good year, and is currently working on a 13-inning scoreless streak over his last two starts. Last five starts: 1.24 ERA, 0.862 WHIP.

Last year against the Cubs, July 17 at SunTrust Park, he threw six innings and allowed two runs. Current Cubs are hitting .190 (11-for-58) against him with one home run (Anthony Rizzo).

So this one won’t be easy. Hope the Cubs have the bats ready to go after Sunday’s game in which they had just three hits.

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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The 2018 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used during 2017. 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.