#Cubs lineup vs. Indians

The Cubs open a four-game, home and road Interleague series vs. the Indians at Wrigley Field Monday night. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Castro SS

Coghlan LF

Denorfia RF

Arrieta P

Russell 2B

* The Cubs and Indians boast the two longest World Series droughts in baseball. The Cubs haven’t won since 1908 (107 years ago) and the Indians last title came back in 1948 (67 years ago).

* The Cubs have won six of their last eight games. In that span, the Cubs ‘pen has given up three earned runs over 30 2/3 innings (0.88 ERA).

* The Indians have lost six of their last nine games. The team is averaging 2.7 runs per game in those nine contests while batting .159 (11-69 AB) with RISP.

* Jake Arrieta has won each of his two June starts vs. the Tigers and Nationals, giving up four earned runs over 12 innings (3.00 ERA). He has 16 strikeouts and one walk combined in those two contests. The right-hander is 2-3 despite a 2.88 ERA in six starts at Wrigley Field this season. The Cubs have scored 15 total runs in those six games.

* Kris Bryant is batting .372 (16-for-43) with six extra-base hits and nine runs scored during his current 11-game hitting streak. His slash line at Wrigley: .330/.450/.591 in 25 games.

* This will be the Indians first game in a NL park this season. It may be good timing. Nick Swisher, the Indians’ primary DH, was placed on the disabled list Sunday with inflammation in his left knee.

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Anyone know why Castro’s walk off hit last night was ruled a single? The ball ended up stuck in the ivy.

Probably because he never touched second. The same thing happened to Robin Ventura with the Mets during the playoffs one year. He hit a ball over the fence to win the game in extras. After he touched first, his teammates mobbed hin and carried him off the field. The winning run was on base when Ventura hit the ball and crossed home so Ventura’s run didn’t matter. Since he only touched first, he was credited with a single, despite hitting the ball over the fence.

Thanks Doug, That’s what I thought, but wasn’t sure.

Also, I don’t remember seeing the fielders hold up their arms when the ball went into the ivy. Technically, the ball is still in play until the umps call a ground rule double, and the umps won’t confirm it a ground rule double until the fielder gives up on the play and puts their arms up. So the ball might have actually still been live, but once the winning run crosses home, the game is over. And the fielders didn’t bother throwing their arms up because the winning run was going to score anyway.

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