The Cubs and Nationals wrap up their three-game set to open the year, with the Nationals having taken both of the first two games late off of Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol. I asked on Twitter yesterday, mid-game, if I was a masochist for hoping that Wood and Marmol would get a chance to get back on the horse. I guess I am. And I no longer want to be, so I don’t hope the same thing today. Perhaps the Cubs can somehow score 20 runs?

I look forward to seeing what Jeff Samardzija has in his first start, for which I’d imagine he’ll be pretty amped up.

The Cubs’ lineup features five lefties, including Bryan LaHair making his first start of the year after dealing with some back issues. We don’t yet know if he’s a legit big league hitter, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel bad enough about the Cubs’ offense to say: the Cubs need his bat. Steve Clevenger also gets his first start, spelling Geovany Soto. (UPDATE: Blake DeWitt is now out of the lineup with back spasms, and Barney is back in.)

Game Info

Washington Nationals (2-0) at Chicago Cubs (0-2), 1:20pm CT on WGN.

Game Thread

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Starting Pitchers

Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, -.–, no other stats available yet)

versus

Jeff Samardzija (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. Xavier Nady, LF

7. Roger Bernadina, CF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Jordan Zimmermann, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Blake DeWitt, 2B Darwin Barney

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Ian Stewart, 3B

6. Bryan LaHair, 1B

7. Marlon Byrd, CF

8. Steve Clevenger, C

9. Jeff Samardzija, P


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