The Cubs’ losing streak has reached eight, and Dale Sveum is getting the hell outta here. Actually, he’s just attending his son’s graduation, but I’m sure he won’t hate the day away from the tumult. Jamie Quirk will handle the managerial duties tonight, in the place where he most recently coached before coming to the Cubs (Houston, that is).

Jeff Samardzija will try to play stopper tonight, but no matter how well he pitches, he’s going to need at least one run of support. Two or three would be even better. Maybe even before the 9th inning!

The Astros counter with Wandy Rodriguez, who’s having himself a resurgent, excellent year. Maybe that means the Cubs will blast off, given the caliber of pitchers who’ve been dominating them lately.

Tonight’s lineup is a carbon copy of last night’s mostly-righty affair, with only Koyie Hill and Jeff Samardzija as changes.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (15-28) at Houston Astros (20-23), 7:05pm CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jeff Samardzija (4-2, 3.00 ERA, 2.96 FIP)


Wandy Rodriguez (3-4, 2.24 ERA, 3.03 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. J.D. Martinez, LF

8. Jason Castro, C

9. Wandy Rodriguez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Reed Johnson, CF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Joe Mather, 3B

6. Jeff Baker, 1B

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Koyie Hill, C

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • grace17

    Quit switching the batting order. Let the starters suck if there guna suck. There never going to find a rythem if the lineups diff every night. Quit letting the pull bell bury them selfs. Pull them if they can’t find there spots.

  • grace17

    Meant to say bull pen not pull bell my bad. I’m from iowa give me a break.

  • Jzwizard

    This team is getting pretty hard to watch. I mean seriously back to back sweeps at the hands of the Astros and White Sox. Honestly you cannot get any worse. (Except I guess back to back sweeps by Cubs and Astros which can’t happen to us). Both offenses are pathetic and Garza of all people got shelled by Houston. This team has more holes than Swiss Cheese which may sound cliche but in fact may be an understatement.