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Game Preview: the Flande of reckoning

Be sure to catch this scintillating duel between Yohan Flande and Tsuyoshi Wada.

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Justin Edmonds

The Cubs are starting a pitcher I have never heard of by the name of Tsuyoshi Wada. The Rockies are starting a pitcher that 99.9 percent of Cubs fans have never heard of: Yohan Flande. There's some nice symmetry there. Considering that both teams are terrible, it makes a certain amount of sense.

In two starts, Wada has a 5.00 ERA. In four starts Flande has a 7.20 ERA and a K/9 of 3.15 (#2014).

Carlos Gonzalez is back in there after his sprained ankle forced him to miss a couple games. Good to have ya back Cargo. Brandon Barnes is in left field over Corey Dickerson, which I'm not sure I agree with even if Wada is a lefty. But I guess we got Barnes with the idea that he'd get the occasional start against a lefty, and he did hit a home run the other day.

The Cubs are actually a half-game worse than the Rockies right now, and it would be nice if that were still the case at the end of this four game series. I'm pretty tired of the Rockies being a national laughing stock. It basically sucks.

Anyway, go Flande and go Rockies.

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Charlie Blackmon - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Emilio Bonifacio - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Josh Rutledge - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Arismendy Alcantara - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Carlos Gonzalez - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Anthony Rizzo - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Nolan Arenado - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Starlin Castro - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Wilin Rosario - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Justin Ruggiano - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Brandon Barnes - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Chris Coghlan - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Ben Paulsen - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Junior Lake - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">DJ LeMahieu - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">John Baker - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Yohan Flande - LHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Tsuyoshi Wada - LHP</td></tr></tbody>

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