It’s Game Two on the young season, as the Cubs look to pick up that first win. Matt Garza gets the start for the Cubs, who’ll face AL import, Gio Gonzalez.

I like the Cubs’ chances today, which may or may not be based on logic or reason. It’s probably going to require a 200 to 300% increase in runs scored, though (since the Cubs scored just one on Thursday, that’s actually not asking much). Paul Sullivan says the wind is blowing out to left, so it could be a higher scoring affair either way. And that, combined with the lefty on the mound, makes me love the Cubs’ all-righty lineup today.

Bryan LaHair is still sitting with the bad back, but, here’s the thing: I’d probably want him sitting anyway against the lefty Gonzalez. He could pinch hit today, and will probably be back in the starting lineup tomorrow.



On the roster front, Rodrigo Lopez is expected to rejoin the Cubs at some point this weekend (probably today), so there will be some shuffling. Assuming there isn’t a last minute injury, it seems like one of the infielders – Blake DeWitt? Luis Valbuena? – will be on the way out. There will also have to be a 40-man roster move. (Update: Yup, Lopez added, Valbuena sent to AAA Iowa.)

Game Info

Washington Nationals (1-0) at Chicago Cubs (0-1), 12:05pm CT on CSN.

Game Thread

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Starting Pitchers

Gio Gonzalez (0-0, -.–, no other stats available yet)

versus

Matt Garza (0-0, -.–, no other stats available yet)

Washington Nationals Lineup

1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Mark DeRosa, LF

7. Roger Bernadina, CF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Gio Gonzalez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, RF

2. Joe Mather, 3B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Jeff Baker, 1B

6. Geovany Soto, C

7. Marlon Byrd, CF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Matt Garza, P


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