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Cubs vs. Cleveland Series Preview: Probables, How to Watch, and More

Adbert Alzolay will return for Chicago, which will close out its five-game homestand with a two-game series against Cleveland.

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The Chicago Cubs will finish a five-game homestand with a two-game set Monday and Tuesday against Cleveland at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs (40-32, first in NL Central) enter the series after a frustrating 2-1 series loss to the Miami Marlins. Chicago was outscored 21-5 against the Marlins, with losses of 10-2 and 11-1 before a 2-0 victory Sunday to avoid a sweep. The Cubs’ offense has gone quiet lately with contact-oriented hitters sidelined as they’ve scored no more than three runs in eight consecutive games.

Cleveland (39-30, second in AL Central) won four straight and six of their past seven before losing a road series 2-1 to the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. Cleveland dropped the first two games, 11-10 and 6-3, before a 2-1 win Sunday.

The Cubs are expected to have starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay return to the rotation after he was on the shelf with a blister on his right middle finger. Alzolay is expected to take the mound for the series opener opposite of Aaron Civale, who is Cleveland’s frontman with Shane Bieber and Zach Plesac injured.

Season Series

The Cubs dropped their first two games against Cleveland this season, 3-2 and 2-1 in 10 innings in mid-May.

Injuries

Cubs: Trevor Williams (appendix), Rowan Wick (oblique), Justin Steele (hamstring), Dillon Maples (tricep), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Nico Hoerner (hamstring), Matt Duffy (back), David Bote (shoulder), Austin Romine (left wrist), P.J. Higgins (forearm)

Cleveland: Zach Plesac (thumb), Cam Hill (wrist), Shane Bieber (shoulder), Jordan Luplow (ankle), Jose Ramirez (foot), Franmil Reyes (side), Roberto Perez (finger), Austin Hedges (concussion)

Probable Pitchers

Monday 6/21: Aaron Civale, RHP (10-2, 3.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) vs. Adbert Alzolay (4-5, 4.06 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)

Tuesday 6/22: Eli Morgan, RHP (0-1, 12.79 ERA, 2.37 WHIP) vs, Kyle Hendricks, RHP (9-4, 4.13 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)

How to Watch

Monday 6/21: 7:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Tuesday 6/22: 7:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

All times Central


Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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[…] will be making his return to action tonight against the Cleveland Indians. His presence in the rotation is much needed, given the rest of the staff’s recent struggles. […]

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