The Cubs’ streak of loss-less series will come to an end, but hopefully they can at least avoid the sweep today. Jeff Samardzija will try to keep his personal hot streak going, and we’ll all try to avoid flinging expletives at Ryan Braun while our mothers are close by.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (13-20) at Milwaukee Brewers (15-18), 1:10pm 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 (4-1, 3.03 ERA, 1.190 WHIP)


Marco Estrada (0-2, 4.50 ERA, 1.125 WHIP)

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Norichika Aoki, CF

2. Jonathan Lucroy, C

3. Ryan Braun, LF

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Corey Hart, RF

6. Taylor Green, 1B

7. Brooks Conrad, 2B

8. Edwin Maysonet, SS

9. Marco Estrada, 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. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • Spoda17

    I reall think it’s time to swap Campana and DeJesus… It sucks when Tony gets on base and someone is on ahead of him…

    • Patrick

      I agree also. put speed at the top of the lineup, let him steal when he gets on and DeJesus can bunt him over. Common sense

  • rcleven

    Jeff will be on top of his game today. Will the offense support him?

    • art

      yesss, lol. course they are winning at this point.

  • cubfanincardinalland

    You just can’t go wrong with a lineup that has Soriano and Soto. You watch, Samardzija will have better at bats. But we gotta build that value up, because other teams will never figure out they can’t hit. Yeah, we’ll fool em.

    • MikeW

      No doubt. I’ve already seen enough to where i’d like to see them sit 2-3 days a week but people keep beating their chest on “Build that value up”. Not seeing it.

  • mpope30

    Looks like they brought up Cardenas to sit on the bench??? He would probably prefer going back down and playing every day. I would…

    • Njriv

      I thought the same thing with Castillo, he’s barley playing they should have brought up the backup catcher at Iowa, at least Castillo would be playing more.

  • Doc Evans

    I was at the game yesterday and let me tell you this. Brewers fans have absolutely no idea how to gauge the distance of a fly ball. With the exception of Maysonett’s, any ball in the air I would say the majority of the fans thought it was out of the park. Annoying. Sorry, had to rant. Go Shark!

    • DocPeterWimsey

      heh, take out “Brewers” and replace it with any of the other 29 MLB teams.  I used to have an ongoing “debate” with a ChiSox fan who was convinced that Cubs fans were the worst in baseball for doing this because of how loud Wrigley gets with every flyball.  I countered that the noise per fan was the same in Comiskey, but that due to: a) the far smaller number of fans and b) the bigger dimensions, the overall volume was not as noticeable.  (I also pointed out that this contradicted his claim that Cubs fans didn’t pay attention to the game….)

    • Patrick

      I agree. I spent a majority of my life in Arizona and can of corn fly ball everyone cheered thinking it was gone. I’ve been to over 20 different stadiums and a lot of fans do that. Arizona fans are horrible too, they never cheer and that big dome of a stadium you would think it would be loud, you can hear crickets in that place.

  • calicubsfan007

    I’m glad that Shark has a chance to prevent us from getting swept. It still kind of pisses me off that we still have Swingin’ Soriano in the starting lineup. I hope Clevenger returns soon, so we don’t have to keep rushing Castillo prior to him being fully ready.

  • Jeff

    Go Stewart! bout time

  • Bric

    Man, I don’t who’s bull pen blows more- ours or theirs. Chulk looks like he’s throwing batting practice.

    • Brett

      And yet the Cubs couldn’t do diddly poo off him late in the game on Friday night.

      • Bric

        That’s true. You really gotta wonder how tired they were on Friday night (other than Jesus). And obviously the tough loss late didn’t mean a good night sleep because they looked even more haggard yesterday.