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The Cubs will get a chance to win a third straight game, and another series, tonight when they face the Braves. Adrian Cardenas gets his first start at second base (though he’s buried in the 8-hole – let’s see that patience, eh, Adrian?).

Ryan Dempster goes for the Cubs, looking to maintain his league-best 0.95 ERA, and he faces one of those many, many vaunted young Braves pitchers. Randall Delgado is/was a big-time prospect, but he hasn’t been able to show it as a starter this year. He’s still just 22, though.

Tonight’s game is on WGN, so everyone (well, almost everyone) should be watching!

Game Info

Atlanta Braves (18-12) at Chicago Cubs (12-17), 7:05pm 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

Randall Delgado (2-3, 5.14 ERA, 1.464 WHIP)

versus

Ryan Dempster (0-1, 0.95 ERA, 401 ERA+ (tee hee))

Atlanta Braves Lineup

1. Michael Bourn, CF

2. Martin Prado, LF

3. Freddie Freeman, 1B

4. Brian McCann, C

5. Dan Uggla, 2B

6. Lawrence Jones, 3B

7. Jason Heyward, RF

8. Tyler Pastornicky, SS

9. Randall Delgado, 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. Geovany Soto, C

8. Adrian Cardenas, 2B

9. Ryan Dempster, P

  • http://twitter.com/#!/sperls13 sperls13

    You know, put BJack in Campana’s spot, move Lahair to LF and plug in Rizzo at 1B, and I could get ALL kinds of excited for this lineup in 2013. We would have more lefty batters than the last 10 years combined! :)

    PS – I am rushing to judgement on Cardenas beings I haven’t even seen him in the field yet.

    • rcleven

      You might very well see your line up in late June.

  • rocky8263

    Didn’t quade play lahair in right last year? I have a strong memory of this happening.

  • http://MeCubbies Ryan

    Yes he did

  • Puma0821

    Dunno why I was thinking about this today… But I was imagining if we had pulled off getting Cespedes and Yu along with the emergence of guys like Shark, LaHair, Campana and the upcoming help from Rizzo, Jackson, Cardenas, Castillo etc. This rebuild would have been almost complete. I even fantasized for a sec, what if we had kept Zambrano and he would have pitched like he has so far for the fish? A lineup of Jackson, Castro, Lahair, Cespedes, Rizzo, Stewart, Soto/Castillo, Cardenas. and a staff of Garza, Shark, Yu, Z and Demp would look pretty good!

    • Holden

      too good to be true. Its so funny how that almost happened though. Had the A’s not been willing to go 4 year. Theres no indication how close they were on Yu, but even if some of the other pitching rumors came about, like Buerhle or Wilson. Heck, if T. Wood can return to 2010 form and Volstad would quit having his one bad inning, the cubs will be a much improved team. At least with Soriano’s improved defense $400k of his salary isnt being wasted this year.

  • JNasty

    Lawrence Jones…took me a second. He certainly isn’t as chipper as he used to be. Well played.

  • cubs1967

    WOW-Cardenas is starting……and I know Geo hit a ding dong last nite, but Castillo was hot when he got called up and now is not ‘cuz he sat………there must be some 50 yr old C team Theo could sign so at least Castillo is getting at-bats…….splinters will not make him MLB ready.

    what do the Reds want for Koyie………..some deep dish pizzas??

  • Ogyu

    I’m starting a new cult: the LaHairy Krishnas.

  • Chris S

    Thank God.. I wonder who WCIU has a picture of naked??

  • Eric

    I really look forward to Cardenas getting the start tonite. I really trust the current crop of Cubs coaches. I mean look what Mckay did for Soriano’s defense. If Sveum or whoever can work with him and improve his defense to just average. We could very well be seeing our infield start to take shape right now. That’s what’s exciting, you just don’t know. But Cardenas definitely has the offensive skill to be a great hitter at 2B.

  • Caleb

    I wonder what the record is for lowest ERA and no wins, with a set minimum number of starts. I’m all about creating interest through crazy baseball records.

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    Brett, I got this account thing figured out, but I have a couple accounts I need to delete, is this possible.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If you know the details of what you want deleted, I can probably do it. Email me the deets: brett AT bleachernation DOT com.

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    I tried to send an email to that address, it said it wasnt in proper form. J/K. Will do.

  • Cheryl

    Not in regard to this game but Josh Hamilton has hit 4 homeruns tonight.

    • Cardfan

      …and a double. 8 RBIs. The stuff of legends. Josh frickin’ Hamilton. Whoa

      • Cheryl

        I think its been about 20 years since that last happened. Stuff of legends is right!

  • blublud

    So, my login lets me post on the message board, but when I come here, its still the basic login.

    • blublud

      Ahh, nevermind, I see how it works.

  • Josh Z

    The Cubs should just trade Kerry Wood and Marmol to someone somewhere. I don’t care who. Barry Zito has to be more beneficial at this point

  • ISU Birds

    Ummm Kerry just threw his glove a mile into the stands…..isn’t he gonna need that……

    • Drew

      “…..isn’t he gonna need that……”

      Hopefully not, unless hes using it for rec keague softball

    • Ogyu

      Now go into the stands after your glove, Kerry. Now, take a seat. Stay there. Good.

  • BubblesHargrave

    He really did? Why does Dale continue to make huge gambles that either barely let us win the games or in this case probably lose the games. Don’t try to get a pitcher some work to the risk of a good game Dale.

  • Boilermakerinfishers

    At this point maybe he should have hurled his right arm into the stands.

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