With the series finale between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers set to take place at 7:05 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, the Cubs announced their rotation for this weekend’s series against St. Louis.
Keegan Thompson is coming off a solid start against the White Sox. Although he admitted he was wild and a bit lucky, Thompson still threw 5.0 innings of one-run ball while allowing five hits, one free pass, and striking out four. The Cubs’ Swiss Army Knife of sorts will once again throw ahead of Marcus Stroman, just as they did against the White Sox. Stroman’s sensational start was spoiled by a late Cubs collapse, but Stroman still managed 7.0 innings, no runs, three hits, two walks, and two strikeouts in Sunday’s loss.
Saturday is where things get interesting. It appears Matt Swarmer will get another shot in the rotation after dazzling in the first game of the Memorial Day doubleheader. Swarmer went 6.0 innings while allowing only one earned run and one walk. In addition, he struck out six in his big league debut.
It’s uncertain who will start Saturday’s second game. Drew Smyly is on the Injured List as of Wednesday. He dazzled in his Memorial Day start before leaving with oblique soreness. However, Michael Rucker was activated from the IL and may get a spot start against the red birds. Then, on Sunday Night Baseball, Justin Steele returns to the bump.
This week is one of the toughest stretches for the Cubs on their schedule. If they can manage with a record above .500 over this week, it will be a major win. However, a win on Wednesday is a great start to taking some momentum into the weekend against the Cardinals.
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