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Reminder: I’ll be in Chicago for tomorrow’s and Wednesday’s games against the Cardinals. Before tomorrow night’s game, I’ll be hanging at The Sports Corner again with John Arguello from Cubs Den. Stop by and grab a beer. I plan to be there a couple hours before game time.

As for tonight’s game, the Cubs see Jaime Garcia for the first time, and they’ve loaded up on the right side of the plate. I like that, though I wish David DeJesus would get the day off, given his pronounced, negative split against lefties. Not really the guy you want getting the most cracks at Garcia.

The Cubs made their expected roster move today, designating Rodrigo Lopez for assignment to make room for newly-acquired reliever Michael Bowden. The Cubs will have 10 days to trade, release, or waive Lopez, who wasn’t particularly successful this year in the Spring or in limited duty in April. I tentatively expect that he’ll be waived, will clear waivers, and then will elect free agency, signing a minor league deal with a team more interested in 36-year-old depth.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (11-5) at Chicago Cubs (4-12), 7:05pm CT on CSN (I’m told, though, that it’s been bumped to CSN+ thanks to the Blackhawks game).

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

Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.06 ERA, 11.7 H/9)

versus

Matt Garza (1-1, 3.66 ERA, 9.6 K/9)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Rafael Furcal, SS

2. Skip Schumaker, CF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Carlos Beltran, RF

5. David Freese, 3B

6. Yadier Molina, C

7. Matt Carpenter, 1B

8. Nick Greene, 2B

9. Jaime Garcia, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Jeff Baker, 1B

6. Geovany Soto,C

7. Reed Johnson, CF

8. Joe Mather, 3B

9. Matt Garza, P

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    I don’t think soriano can have success against a pitcher like Garcia

  • Deer

    What do we lose by letting LaHair play against lefties? Is it that important to get Baker ABs?

  • Bret Epic

    Should be an interesting game. I’ll be watching with my monocle as usual.

  • Evan

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, LaHair needs to be given a chance against lefties. Plus Jeff Baker just annoys me, even though he does kill lefties.

  • http://www.fightoutsider.com Ryan

    I know there’s not much to pick from with this team, but it’s always a bit deflating to see a lineup with Jeff Baker hitting fifth.

  • CubsFanBob

    Dude, next time you should go to Ubersteins. If you like giant mugs of beer that is…

    • hardtop

      who doesnt?
      bob, wheres the best jukebox in the area these days. i have a feeling we may need to sing along to some sad songs tomorrow night, or turn our frowns upside down with some rockin roll cock inspiring anthems.

      • CubsFanBob

        Depends on your taste of music. Most of the bars around Wrigley are the same as far as who hangs there. Best jukebox in my opinion is down Clark street north of Wrigley just past the Metro ( music club ) called the Gingerman Tavern. Great craft & micro beer’s on tap there as well with two pool tables in the back.

        My fav two bars in the area are ubersteins or gingermans. I usually will hit ubersteins pre game and gingers post. i really wish there was more diversity in the bars in Wrigleyville.

        Down on Belmont and Clark there is the L and L tavern. Great dive bar with a decent juke box as well.

        • hardtop

          we speak the same language bob! gingerman does have a great jukebox, one of my favorite spots in the area as well. wondered if they still reigned supreme in that department, as far as spots close to the field.

          L&L is my stomping ground. i lived upstairs above the swiss bank for a year. their jukebox also rocks… it used to be free, wonder if it still is.

          • Bric

            Brett, It’s probably a little out of your way but if you want to hang at a really cool Irish bar take the blue line and get off at Lawrence (it’s like 15 minutes). Galvin’s Pub is right up the street. Great juke box, good beer, very Irish. Something you should experience if you want to go a couple of city blocks west of Wrigleyville.

            • Bric

              Brett, FYI: If you do want to go I didn’t include that the Lawrence stop is actually called “Jefferson ParK” because that’s the area it in.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Thanks for that Bric.

    • Spencer

      Ubersteins is amazing!

    • hardtop

      damn brett, just looked up sports corner on the interweb device: that place is nice! im not sure they’ll let me in there? typically, im not allowed in bars where you dont stick to the floor.
      i guess ill have to comb my hair and leave my hammer pants at home.

      its supposed to be a balmy 63. compared to the shit weather Chicago has been having recently, I guess we should celebrate this. everyone’s going to think im a big pussy in my sweatshirt and hat but damn, its 80 here today… im no longer conditioned midwest weather.

  • hardtop

    damn, thats an ugly lineup. 4 through 9 looks suck-tastic. id rather go with lefties in the lineup and just have at it.

  • Cheryl

    Sveum, why not take a chance and play LaHair against lefties. What do you have to lose? Your losing anyway when you don’t play him.

  • ty

    Sveum–please understand that we fans had to put up with this Quade crap for all of last year. We are sick to death of Baker and Soriano and Soto. Play your best players-platooning is going to cut short your career.

  • Kevin

    That lineup….gross….where’s LaHair? LET HIM FACE SOME LEFTIES SVEUM!!

    • rcleven

      Have you seen LaHair face lefties. Not a pretty sight. As long as were not winning what the hell?

      • MaxM1908

        Yeah, I just looked at his splits. He’s had 6 ABs against lefties this year already…0-6 with five strikeouts. I’d be hesitant to start him over Baker too…

        • Evan

          The strikeouts are certainly very discouraging but still, 6 ABs is an extremely small sample size. We can’t pass judgement on LaHair’s ability to hit lefties after just 6 ABs.

          • MaxM1908

            Sorry, I should have also added that nothing in his previous seasons made me think this sample was inconsistent with previous results. He should definitely get a shot, but remember that Sveum has seen him much more than we have. Maybe he’s seen enough in performance against lefties to determine that Baker is the better option. Remember that Baker hits very well against lefties.

            • rcleven

              Could be still having back issues.

  • Deer

    Is Dale like Quade in the sense he loves his lack-of-talent, but big heart bench guys like Reed, Baker, and Mather? Maybe because he was a similar player in his day? Only thing missing is the cute names.

    • Chris S

      Hey!! You leave Reedy, Baky, and Mathery outta this!!! ;)

      Kidding, of course.

      • SirCub

        As far as I’m concerned, Joe Mather’s new name is officially Mathery. Forever.

  • gritsngravy

    I am just glad to see Dewitt is not in the lineup but a little bummed that clevenger isn’t either.

  • EB

    Against my better judgement, I am going to predict Soriano breaks out with a homer, or at least an XBH

    • rcleven

      I tried that yesterday. Did I have egg on my face.

  • ty

    EB–do you mean this season?

    • EB

      Haha that’s exactly what I meant. Although, tonight could be the night… He should see plenty of fastballs with the powerful Jeff Baker hitting behind him……

  • die hard

    Apples to apples, Quade a better manager than Sveum so far…similar lineup and less production this year…blame mgr

    • Njriv

      Sarcasm? Quade also had two players that left and averaged 30 HR and 90 RBIs each. No one like that on this team.

  • ty

    Our new pitcher, Bowden, said today in an interview with Carrie, that since being released April l5, “I have been throwing against a wall.” Oh, yeah, we will close with him tonight!

    • rcleven

      How many hits did the wall have?

  • Cub Gone Wild

    What would the Maddux brothers be able to do with this team. They are probably happy as hell in Texas. No more bald managers… Scrum must be pulling names out of his hat already.

  • Cub Gone Wild

    My spell checker keeps changing Sveum. To Scrum. So his new name is Scrum. Or better yet Scrub

  • morgan

    enough of reed johnson, baker, and soto, please, johnson should only get 1 start a week and thats pushing it, the same with baker, and soto hopefully hes just playing so he can get on a roll and use as trade bait, Castro is the only starter that is legit enough to start in the mlb this year

    • http://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

      Gotta give some credit to Barney, he’s done well so far this year.

  • bwitty

    Not to mention lefties are hitting .528 off Garcia in the early going. .308 last season.

    • Jay Anderson Jr

      Right. That big ole computer we are spending bookoo money on should have told uhs that. Where Lahair, Stewart and Campana. we need atleast 2 of then.

  • KidCubbie

    I dont think ive ever watched a team with as little power as this one. No HR, not even extra base hits. All singles.

  • Njriv

    at least the cubs are staying in these ball games. Its just the matter of getting the right hit at the right time.

  • drew

    It feels more like 12-1 than 2-1

  • ty

    The year is 2040. Granddad Garza grandkids are at his side. “Papa, tell us again about that year with the Cubs and how you pitched 25 great games.! HOW many games did you win papa? “NOT A F****** ONE AND DO NOT ASK ME AGAIN?

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

    I AM SO HAPPY!!!!! AHHHHH CUBS WIN!!!!

    • Joe

      Go Mather! CUBS WIN!!!

  • ty

    mATHER==Lhare–campano—-garza===winners

  • MaxM1908

    Cubs win! Cubs Win! Way to go Mather! First come back of the season.

  • Coal

    Don’t look now but Byrd is batting .333.

  • ty

    Drinks on the house!

  • MaxM1908

    Wow, did we need that win or what. LaHair deserves a lot of the credit. That 12-13 pitch at-bat was what took it out of Motte. I’m so happy that things went right in that inning. I couldn’t have handled another close, should-have-won loss.

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