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Game Thread 8/27: Cubs at Phillies

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I’m ready for this to be over, aren’t you?

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies
I couldn’t find a picture of the Phillies cowering in fear, so this is the best I could do.
John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s the big question: what will Rhys Hoskins do today?

That’s not the only question, of course.

Here’s another one: will the Phillies get shellacked today?

I want the answers to be “hit another home run” and “no,” respectively. But this is what I’m willing to do. I’m willing to let the Phillies get shellacked if Rhys Hoskins can hit another home run. Is that reasonable? I think so.

So okay, I don’t actually have control of this. But it’s a nice thought. A nice, nice thought.

Today's Lineups

CHICAGO CUBS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Ben Zobrist - RF Cesar Hernandez - 2B
Kyle Schwarber - LF Freddy Galvis - SS
Kris Bryant - 3B Nick Williams - RF
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Rhys Hoskins - LF
Tommy La Stella - 2B Tommy Joseph - 1B
Javier Baez - SS Maikel Franco - 3B
Jason Heyward - CF Pedro Florimon - CF
Rene Rivera - C Cameron Rupp - C
John Lackey - RHP Nick Pivetta - RHP

Greetings, Nick Pivetta! Your goal for today: don’t give up 17 runs. And if you feel like a challenge, try to keep it to under 6. Some would say it’s a low bar, but even a low bar is high if you’re flat on the ground, or if your pitching staff gave up 17 runs last night.

Discuss the game in the comments below.