Pregame Notes: Jacob Turner takes the hill for Cubs in season finale


The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers both enter the final game of the season knowing they won’t be in the playoffs. But one team knows things are going in the right direction, and the other is filled with questions.

The Cubs (72-89) do have some questions of their own to answer, but the future is bright. One of the questions still remaining is pitching, and one of the options in today’s starter, Jacob Turner (1-4, 6.98). Turner has had mixed results, as he makes his sixth start for the Cubs. Chris Bosio will take the off-season to work with Turner and the they will assess him more in the spring than they have in his short time with the club this year.

The Brewers (82-79) guaranteed themselves a winning record with the victory last night, but that’s not much solace to a team that had been in first for almost five months. Mike Fiers (6-4, 1.92) will look to finish a solid bounce back season that has put him back in the Brewers future plans. Back on August 14, Fiers struck out 14 Cubs in only six innings of work.

Starlin Castro‘s season is over, even though he had hoped to get on the field for one more game. The high-ankle sprain hasn’t cooperated, and the Cubs have ruled him out. while disappointing, it was a great season for Castro, who for the first time in his career will not lead National League Shortstops in errors.

Today’s game is a 1:10 pm CT start at Miller Park. The game will be carried on WGN Tv, and WGN 720 AM. This will be the final broadcast for WGN radio, as next season they begin the new partnership with WBBM-AM 780. Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will slide over and continue to be the Cubs radio voices.

Here are the lineups for today’s season finale: