Pregame Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada, Cubs look for sweep


With a series win already in the bag, the Chicago Cubs will look to continue their winning ways on Sunday, taking on the first-place Baltimore Orioles in the series finale at Wrigley Field.

Chicago (57-72) is playing above-.500 ball this month at 12-10, which ranks good enough for third in the NL Central during that stretch. The club will turn to surprisingly good left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada (3-1, 2.75 ERA) in Sunday’s action, hoping he can have a bit more of a routine outing than his last time out. His last start was the rain-dominated Tuesday night game at Wrigley where the game was delayed, then called, then eventually completed after the league stepped in. Regardless, the Cubs came out on top and Wada got his third win of the season.

Baltimore (73-54) will trot out right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (6-6, 3.80 ERA) in Sunday’s matchup. In 20 games this season, 19 of which were starts, Gonzalez has a 3.80 ERA for Baltimore. His last start came back on August seventh against Toronto, when he allowed one run in six innings of work. After an injury setback and a simulated game Monday, the veteran will return Sunday for the playoff-hopeful Orioles.

Today’s game is a 1:20 p.m. CT afternoon start. WGN will carry the television broadcast and 720 AM WGN has the radio call.

Here are today’s starting lineups: