Berken, a Baltimore cast-off acquired by the Cubs in September, will be making his second start for the team. In his first start on Sept. 15 vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, Berken allowed two earned runs in four innings pitched. He allowed eight hits, struck out two and walked one.
Cueto, meanwhile, will be looking to strengthen his case as the National League's top pitcher. Cueto, though, has been skidding of late, having allowed 14 earned runs over 15.1 innings in his last three starts. In three starts vs. the Cubs this year, Cueto has dominated Chicago, posting a 1.21 ERA in 22.1 innings.
Thursday's game will start at 1:20 p.m. and will be broadcast on CSN.