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Gamethread 7/6: Phillies at Cubs

A visit with an old friend

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies and their suddenly explosive offense head back to Wrigley Field tonight to take on the Cubs. Chicago has struggled of late, having lost ten straight games, using a position player in three of those games to pitch. Their manager was ejected last night in a possible effort to fire his team, a gambit that backfired as they didn’t do much after that.

Here are the lineups. For the Phillies:

Aaron Nola is on the mound, needing to give the team a solid start against a team that is currently very down on themselves. Odubel Herrera gets the night off while J.T. Realmuto is back in the lineup, moved up to second while Jean Segura leads off.

For the Cubs:

Changing their lineup in the hopes of finding a winning formula, the Cubs bring back some regulars, shift the ones they have around in the lineup and send an old friend to the mound. Jake Arrieta has been pretty bad for Chicago and his spot in the rotation might be tenuous right now. Another bad start and you have to wonder if he’ll hold his spot.

Let’s talk about it.