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Game Thread 5/1: Phillies at Cubs

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Get ready for this series, everyone.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

I think it’s good that the Phillies got the crap kicked out of them by the Dodgers over the weekend. It means we won’t go into this series with the defending World Series champions with too much confidence. And therefore we won’t be gutted if they unceremoniously lose.

I know that’s not the most positive thing ever, but I think we should all be realistic, right? Being too pie-in-the-sky about these Phillies is a bad idea. For all of our mental stability.

Today's Lineups

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES CHICAGO CUBS
Cesar Hernandez - 2B Kyle Schwarber - LF
Aaron Altherr - LF Kris Bryant - 3B
Odubel Herrera - CF Anthony Rizzo - 1B
Maikel Franco - 3B Ben Zobrist - 2B
Michael Saunders - RF Jason Heyward - RF
Tommy Joseph - 1B Willson Contreras - C
Freddy Galvis - SS Javier Baez - SS
Cameron Rupp - C Brett Anderson - LHP
Vince Velasquez - RHP Jon Jay - CF

It’s Vince time! Vinny had a great start his last time out, and it would be great it he could continue that. It’ll be quite the challenge to do that against some of the best hitters in baseball, but... that’s the game, man.

There’s already a rain delay happening, but I’m putting the game thread up anyway. Discuss the rain and the game in the comments below.