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So, all those changes at the top of the order that Dale Sveum talked about? Not happening. The lineup looks the same as ever as the Cubs try to put the brakes on their skid in Houston. In fact, other than Matt Garza batting 9th, it’s a carbon copy of yesterday’s lineup. Maybe Dale just forgot to make out a new card.

Adrian Cardenas is getting another shot at second base, which I’m not sure is performance-related, or injury-related. Darwin Barney did pinch hit yesterday, and he looked fine.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (15-26) at Houston Astros (18-23), 7:05pm 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

Matt Garza (2-1, 2.58 ERA, 3.21 FIP)


Bud Norris (4-1, 3.58 ERA, 3.60 FIP)

Houston Astros Lineup

1. Jose Altuve, 2B

2. Jed Lowrie, SS

3. Travis Buck, RF

4. Carlos Lee, 1B

5. Brian Bogusevic, CF

6. Chris Johnson, 3B

7. JD Martinez, LF

8. Jason Castro, C

9. Bud Norris, 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. Adrian Cardenas, 2B

8. Koyie Hill, C

9. Matt Garza, P

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