The Cubs will try to salvage the final game of this four-game set with the Brewers in front of an exceedingly handsome crowd. It’s a great pitching matchup, with Matt Garza going against Zack Greinke, who will hopefully be distracted by some recent struggles in discussing an extension with the Brewers.

No Aramis today, which is a bummer. But, in his place, we get the one and only Cesar Izturis. Yes, he’s still playing.

Game Info

Milwaukee Brewers (4-2) at Chicago Cubs (1-5), 1:20pm CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Zack Greinke (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 K/9)


Matt Garza (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.000 WHIP)

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Rickie Weeks, 2B

2. Nyjer Morgan, CF

3. Ryan Braun, LF

4. Corey Hart, RF

5. Mat Gamel, 1B

6. Alex Gonzalez, SS

7. Jonathan Lucroy, C

8. Cesar Izturis, 3B

9. Zack Greinke, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Ian Stewart, 3B

6. Bryan LaHair, 1B

7. Steve Clevenger,C

8. Reed Johnson, CF

9. Matt Garza, P

  • Dustin

    Still dont get why Mather hasnt started yet. Had a very hot spring..alot better then Baker/Johnson. But oh well..hope we get the W today. Have a great time at the game today. Great work as always!!

    • MaxM1908

      I’m pretty sure he started at 3rd Base in the second game of the Nationals series. As I recall, he had a pretty good game with a walk and a hit, but he was replaced some time mid-game. I would really like to see what he can do with more at-bats.

  • BN Virgin

    Oh great… no Marlon Byrd in the lineup…there goes the offense

  • Zach

    I dont get why there are 3 lefties in a row. If it were up to me i would have Castro bat 2nd and then put LaHair 3rd, then move Barney to the 8th spot.

  • Dustin


    Thats what I think it should be for todays game

  • brittney

    I am with everybody else who thinks mather should get a start after a hot spring. Nice way to cool down our limited offense. Hopefully today will be a better day offensivly. Keyword is hopefully! I am a 4th generation diehard cub fan but even this year would have my mom, gramps, and great gramps goin “really?”

  • Deer

    So Sori doesn’t get a day off until he feels like it? Big contrast to what we heard this spring from Sveum.

    • Joe

      Um, dude, he’s having a good start to the year, unlike almost everybody else.

  • YoungCub

    has anyone noticed the terrible pitch calling so far? i’ve had to keep up with a lot of the games on gamecast and soo many strikes have been called balls. castillo the other night threw three pitches in a row that were strikes and were all called balls.

  • Zogie

    The gamecasts are not 100% accurate. I will also not have my advanced box score up today. I have class til 6 which is a bummer. Have a great time in the bleachers Brett! I wish I could be there.

  • cubfan

    let the kids play (jackson,rizzo,baez,mccnutt) but in all seriousness i think that i am the happiest cubs fan in the world. I can sit down and watch every game when they are playing the right way and hard like they have so far. Sveum is going to get whatever he can out of these players and not just let their talent try to win games, because as weve seen over the past years their isnt enough talent. (yet)

  • JulioZuleta

    Anyone else at the game?

  • brittney

    Wow today is finally a practice what you preach day. They are spanking the brewers with small ball! Nice to see soriano and castro each with a pair of rbi’s so far. Now this is a day wgn, fox, espn should have carried the game so cub fans like myself that are not able to get csn can watch. I hope wgn is able to carry more games a year in the future. I hate when when they show the douche monkey games aka the sox!

  • hardtop

    what the fuck. is quade out there. garza batting in the 8th?  hes got over hundred pitches, and its not like hes got a no hitter going.  this is stupid

  • JB88

    Okay, who’s with me? Take up the collection plate. Turns out Brett is our good luck charm. We’ve got to get Brett to all the games. No more Kate, sub in Brett’s photo … Okay, maybe not that last one.

  • DocPWimsey

    Well, yesterday I said that “Lucky Cubed” is what the Cubs needed. Today we got lucky to the 6th! We won’t see many innings (or games) in which the Cubs are as lucky as they were today. I almost feel bad for Greinke: the Cubs were not hitting him very well, they were just getting lucky where the ball landed.

    It’s a cheap blowout, but a wins a win…..

    • KyleNovak

      Not hitting him very well? I think you’re generalizing.

      I’ll gladly buy that Stewart’s weak RBI grounder through the left side on a shift and Soriano’s broken bat RBI flare into right were incredibly lucky.

      Reed Johnson, Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro all made solid line drive contact on their respective RBI-singles. Johnson muscled a fastball middle-in, while Barney and Castro roped off speed stuff right up the middle.

      Could they have been possibly caught? Maybe. But that contact was solid regardless.

      • DocPWimsey

        Those all looked like fairly soft liners, save Castro’s. There was nothing that was in danger of splitting a gap or that had the announcers saying “could have been an HR ball with elevation.”

        These things happen once in a while and it goes back to some of our earlier discussions about the power of K’s. Even if pitchers do not let batters drive the ball, sometimes the balls will fall in between hitters, and if a pitcher isn’t K’ing a few guys along they way, you’ll occasionally give up some runs. This sort of inning was freakish: we probably won’t see it again this year. Still, it was fun while it lasted!

        • SirCub

          It was freakish, and we will see it again this year. That’s the nature of baseball! I think the Cubs’ hitters were seeing the ball well out of Greinke’s hand, and not getting fooled (caught looking or swinging and missing), so they were able to put pretty good wood on the ball. If you have a stretch of 8 straight AB’s like that in a row, you would expect 3 or 4 to fall for hits, and you would probably get a couple of runs out of it. The Cubs got lucky and got 7 hits out of 8 AB’s, and scored 6 runs. A fluke, but not a crazy one.

  • Cub Gone Wild

    I’m down with that!! Can we say Bye Bye Byrd as well. Clevenger for starting catcher too. The kid can hit and he calls a great game. Like I said this morning trade Soto bring up Castillo and platoon he and Clevinger and we got it covered. Go ahead and get rid of Byrd now. I love a team that has some life to it. It’s a spark that they just don’t have otherwise. Might as well bring up the other spark plugs and let’s get after it.

    • DocPWimsey

      eh, do not get too excited about Clevenger. He was “hittin’ where they ain’t” today: he didn’t exactly square up at least two of those hits. It was only today, but it seems like the Brewers overshifting really hurt them: a few of the Cubs hits would have been easy grounders or popouts against a normal fielding alignment. Still, if it works 3 of 4 games, then stick with it: never let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

  • rocky8263

    I never caught a home run ball but I do possess a ball from Ryno’s last at bat at wrigley.He was nice enough to autograph it and take a picture with me him and the ball. My kids don’t share my crazy love for all things Cubs and I can see their kids playing catch with it when II’m dead and gone.

  • SirCub

    So with this game, the Cubs have outscored the Brewers 18-16 over the four-game set. That means they win the series, right? Isn’t that how it works?

  • Bret Epic

    i liked todays line up, lot of life in the players. As much as I don’t like Koyie Hill, the Cubs had a good record when he started. Maybe Soto just doesn’t call a good game?

  • brittney

    I beg to differ on clenger. Yesterday in a pinch hit he hit a double. He’s good at hitting fastball pitchers. He may not hit a ton of HR’s but he will hit them in the gap and get those bloop singles. I think soto should be the back up to him atleast. But soto makes a nice chunk of change. As much as clubs say “we won’t play them because of their paycheck” I call bull$hit on that because they won’t pay a guy millions to warm the bench….soriano being a good example the past few years. I still want to see mather get some starts instead of byrd, baker, dewitt, johnson.