Well, let’s try this again.

It’s the Battle of Beautiful Locks tonight as Jeff Samardzija’s wild mane takes on Bronso Arroyo’s well-coiffed perm. Still. Again. However you want to say it.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (8-15) at Cincinnati Reds (11-11), 6:10pm CT on WGN.

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

Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 4.13 ERA, 2.41 FIP)


Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 2.70 ERA, 0.68 BB/9)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Zack Cozart, SS

2. Drew Stubbs, CF

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Brandon Phillips, 2B

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Scott Rolen, 3B

7. Chris Heisey, LF

8. Ryan Hanigan, C

9. Bronson Arroyo, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Tony Campana, CF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Bryan LaHair, 1B

5. Alfonso Soriano, LF

6. Ian Stewart, 3B

7. Blake DeWitt, 2B

8. Geovany Soto, C

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • Cubs Dude

    Guys, we cannot lose to a man sporting a perm. You’re better than that.

  • Mick6

    I’m still trying to get completely won over by Shark, let’s hope tonights the night

    • baseballet

      Come on Mick6! Give in to the many charms of Shark. The flowing hair, the brash confidence. Pretend he’s pitching just for you.

    • Smitty

      Mick, did he win you over tonight?

  • Cerambam


    just kidding :)

  • baseballet

    Other than Lahair, the rest of tonight’s starters have combined for two home runs. It’s time for a power surge.

    • calicubsfan007

      A lot of these guys, like Stewart, are hitting the ball. It is just going right to the gloves of the other team’s. The more the Cubs hit, the more likely the ball will fly out of the park more.

  • calicubsfan007

    Have a good feeling about this game. Would have been great had De-1/2-Witt not been named starter for the game. At least LaHair is starting and not Baker…

  • JK

    Besides SS, would you take every Reds player over the Cubs player at the same position?

    • calicubsfan007

      I like Garza over any other Reds pitcher.

    • ferrets_bueller

      As crazy as it sounds, Soriano might be better than their LF platoon. If we include minors leagues, I’d take Jackson over Stubbs. Or Jackson over their LF platoon.

  • ty

    Yeah, LaHair. You are a pretty good triple A player!

  • brittney

    In the bottom of the 2nd when soriano got to 3rd him and listach had a half ass hand shake and instantly I thought a caption for it was “hi! Welcome to 3rd base, haven’t seen you here much…are you new?”

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


      • brittney

        The batter right after stewart made the barehand play soto tried to reach up and snag a foul tip as if he had to 1 up stewart…I’m trying to figure out soto’s hair still as if he’s the next top model with the hair flips

        • Richard Nose

          bong water.

  • ty

    Finally, Ian catches a break!

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    Can some one explain why they aren’t going to play a Double Header this series. Also, does anyone know when the make game is.

    • Njriv

      They havnt said anything yet, most likely it will be the next time the Cubs go to Cincinnati, I believe they only have one more road trip over there left in the season.

    • Iceman

      They aren’t playing it now because the Reds will want to do a day night double header to protect their gate and it is a lot easier to get that all arranged and ensure a better crowd with more advanced planning than 2 days.

      Also they mentioned on the broadcast tonight that there is some new rule that allows teams with late season double headers to bring up an extra pitcher so I am sure both the Reds and Cubs would rather wait to play the game if it means they can take advantage of that rule.

      • Jay Anderson Jr

        Ok. I see. I was thinking nownwas perfect timing for the Cubs since they still have Wells on the roster as well as Dempster coming back. They would have had to shuffle to much around.

        Besides, I was hoping Wells could get another shot to save face after his last start

  • Richard Nose

    “Stat Sunday” blows my ass. And it’s Wednesday.

  • ThereWillBeCubs

    Another great start from Smardzija. Dolis is hitting 97 and making it look effortless. It’s just one game, but these Cubs are starting to look better already. Meanwhile Barney makes a one pitch out. Sigh.

  • Matt3

    This is Marmol’s last chance, I would think?.. I can’t see putting him out there in a save situation again if he loses this one tonight.

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    Hide yo kids hide yo wife but most importantly hide yo eyes. Marmol is in!!! He’s gonna save the game for the reds.

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    What do you call the opposite teams closer? Carlos marmol

  • ThereWillBeCubs

    and currently sporting a WHIP over 2 and a SO/BB of 0.67

  • ThereWillBeCubs

    (probably not a guy you want to put in with the game on the line)