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Game Thread 9/20: Braves at Cubs

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Scott Cunningham

With a magic number at two, Atlanta takes on Chicago in the first game of this three-game set at 2:20 PM ET. Paul Maholm will toe the rubber for Atlanta, while Scott Baker gets the ball for the Cubs. The game is televised on Fox Sports South.

Here are the lineups:


  1. Jason Heyward, CF (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  2. Justin Upton, RF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Evan Gattis, LF
  5. Brian McCann, C
  6. Chris Johnson, 3B
  7. Dan Uggla, 2B
  8. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  9. Paul Maholm, P


  1. Starlin Castro, SS
  2. Darwin Barney, 2B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Dioner Navarro, C
  5. Donnie Murphy, 3B
  6. Junior Lake, LF
  7. Darnell McDonald, RF
  8. Ryan Sweeney, CF
  9. Scott Baker, P
Note: Heyward will either play five innings or get three at-bats today, then will rest tomorrow. Atlanta's going to ease him in.
Scott Baker pitch usage:

This will be Baker's third outing since returning from Tommy John surgery. So far, he has a 0.82 ERA, 3.59 FIP, and 4.41 xFIP.