Home sweet home? Maybe. Let’s just say the Cubs better take an early lead … and then not blow it late. Folks are very much on the ledge in Chicago.

Travis Wood gets his third start, and will probably provide most of the Cubs’ offense. Blake Lalli draws another start behind the plate.

As mentioned in the Series Preview, Carlos Quentin will indeed make his 2012 debut today against the Cubs. Hopefully Wood is less than accommodating.

Game Info

San Diego Padres (17-32) at Chicago Cubs (15-32), 1:20pm 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

Travis Wood (0-1, 3.86 ERA, 5.31 FIP)


Jeff Suppan (2-3, 4.21 ERA, 5.13 FIP)

San Diego Padres Lineup

1. Will Venable, CF

2. Chris Denorfia, RF

3. Yonder Alonso, 1B

4. Carlos Quentin, LF

5. Chase Headley, 3B

6. Nick Hundley, C

7. Everth Cabrerra, 2B

8. Andy Parrino, SS

9. Jeff Suppan, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Joe Mather, CF

4. Bryan LaHair, 1B

5. Alfonso Soriano, LF

6. Ian Stewart, 3B

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Blake Lalli, C

9. Travis Wood, P

  • nkniacc

    yeah no Hill

  • Cee-Dee-Vee

    Mather again? Sveum really wants to lose huh.
    And can Cardenas get a start?!?

  • nkniacc

    Id like to see Mther at 3rd and Campana in CF. I agree with Cardens

    • Cee-Dee-Vee

      Yea i ment Mather again in Center. I would like to see him at 3rd too but if we see that, then we’ll see Reed in Center so either way, no Campana :/

  • DocPeterWimsey

    I know that most of the players were not even born at that time, but I still have not forgiven the Padres (a.k.a., “the Accurseds” in my household) for 1984.  Garvey still sucks…..

    • @cubsfantroy

      I feel your pain Doc. I still have a chip on my shoulder about the Padres, and the Giants in ’89.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        I was more forgiving of the ’89 Giants: I thought that they were a little better than the ’89 Cubs.  (Not that my Will Clark dartboard was recognizable by XMas, mind you.)  But the ’84 Padres would have come in 4th in the NL East that year……

        And what a WS the Tigers vs. Cubs could have been….   :-(

  • nkniacc

    is the wind blowing out?

  • Jeremy

    Where the hell is Campana?

    • Cubs1967

      NO shit! the offense can’t score, but the 1 guy besides castro that can turn a single into a double with a very high % NO longer plays………..damn!


  • tterry

    Dale can’t play compana, that would go against the front office plans to finish in dead last.* sarcasm* this is like the real life story of the movie major league

    • @cubsfantroy

      But they ended up winning…

  • Big Joe

    I understand being disappointed about the playoff loses in ’84 & ’89. Say what you want to about ’84, but that ’89 Giants team was just better than the Cubs. No question.

  • Big Joe

    And now that I think about it, the Cubs choked in ’84.

  • Cubs Dude

    I really hope LaHair can get out of this funk today. When he’s hitting, this offense can at least be respectable.

  • clark addison

    I live in San Diego, and was at all three playoff games in 84. One of the worst weekends of my life.

  • Jesse

    CAMPANA! CAMPANA! CAMPANA! Stewart sucks! Why does he continue to play him!

  • Ogyu

    A Pads sweep here would give a nice boost to the Cubs’ chances of landing the top draft pick next year.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Would definitely help in two ways.

  • Jesse

    I’m sorry but I’m finally done watching, at least for now. First time I’m gonna miss a game on wgn. But I’m tired of it. Tired of seeing old Fonzi in left, DeJesus lead-off, and Barney hitting 7th. And no Campana again? How is the lineup not getting shuffled? And how is Soriano not at least on an every-other-day basis? I haven’t seem him run down a fly or run the bases without limping. I get that he’s putting in the effort and it’s appreciated but come on.. At least Wood had enough sense to stop playing through the pain and let the younger guys get their chances. Oh yeah, and go cubbies I guess..

    • Jesse

      Woah… that was really weird to see.

      • Jesse

        Hey I didn’t write that. Get outa here. lol.

  • Ogyu

    This site is not loading right today. Hope the web provider has holiday service…

  • Jzwizard

    Cubs are winning OMG!

  • terry

    Yes in the movie they won their division, but it was the players themselves that screwed over the owners plans. This team is so far out. But in a dream world with campana being the fast guy on that movie, can’t remember his name, and rizzo up someday and Castro and lahair, this team has the starting pitching. This team just needs to go young ASAP. Might as well let the young guys get mlb experience

    • mick6x

      Putting young guys on a sinking ship may not be a good idea. its been brought up here many times it could really get in their head and mess with their psyche.

      • @cubsfantroy

        That is what I have been trying to say. As much as I am chomping at the bit to see Rizzo and Jackson and even Vitters in Chicago, I don’t want them up here just so they can play and be on this god awful team right now. It would kill their confidence. They should start the season in Chicago.

  • Carew

    Soriano’s homer was beautiful

  • nkniacc

    hit it high and watch it fly

  • Cheryl

    Finally, some of the cubs are actually coming out of their slumps.

  • Cheryl

    Question. I think most of us agree that the cubs need talented players in a variety of positions. In order to get that talent they will have to give up some players we don’t normally want to see leave. Garza at this point will probably be dealt. What other players would bring back talent in return? Not Soriano. Not Baker or Johnson. LaHair – not eough to justify a trade. Stewart? No.The Cubs don’t have much to offer other clubs. Castro would fetch a lot in trade, but the FO would have to feel that such a trade would help the club significantly. The path the cubs follow to improve will have to be through the draft and international signings. Help through trades are questionable.Where else willwe get the players we need?

    • Cubs Dude

      I really don’t think Garza will bring back the type of young talent that most Cubs fans are hoping for. He is not a #1 pitcher, he is getting expensive, he and his agent seem ridiculous to negotiate with too. So yes, they better draft very well.

    • Jimmy james

      Dejesus and demp should bring decent returns, package in a vitters or jackson and it could sweeten the pot. Garza and Castro are the only ones that could bring great returns….but obviously harder to replace. They really need to add soler, hope it happens

  • Ogyu

    Okay, this is where Marmol comes in to blow the 4-run lead, right?

  • nkniacc

    I just can’t see them trading Jackson. I could see Vitters traded as part of a big deal but I doubt it

    • @cubsfantroy

      I think the only person in the Cubs system right now that is untouchable would be Rizzo. I can see the FO trading pretty much anyone else if the right deal comes along, even Jackson.

      • rcleven

        Would have to have a screw loose to trade Castro. The kid will have 25 HR power when his frame fills out.

        • nkniacc

          exactly that’s why i’d prefer to trade Lake that Castro. Id be shocked if there weren’t a bunch of trades in July and I expect in the top 10 rds that the Cubs go very heavily on pitching

          • rcleven

            No matter what Hoyer says this team needs slugging. The Cubs with hitting can out slug their pitching woes. Texas is a perfect example.

  • nkniacc

    With Hoyer’s comments that pitching is their biggest concern does anyone expect them to take pitchers with 3 of their first 4 picks?

  • Cheryl

    Some moc drafts hae them taking a catcher

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Zunino, I assume? I’d be fine with that, actually.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        It’d have to be Zunino, if it is in the first round.  Odds are good he’ll be gone before the Cubs pick, though.  If Seattle passes on him, I think Baltimore will grab him.

        • djriz

          Luke’s right, Seattle is the wild card. Some have Correa going there because of organizational need. If that’s the case, I think the Cubs get Zunino or one of the three college pitchers, most likely Zimmer. With Weiters on board, don’t know if Baltimore goes catcher.
          Both would fit Cubs needs, as both should be major league ready soon.

        • Jeremy

          I don’t think Baltimore would take Zunino, they already have Weiters who is still young. From what I have been reading the M’s are sold on Correa so I don’t think he makes it to 6.

  • http://bleachernation.com lou brock lives

    Cubs should pick the best college lefty Heaney from Oklahoma State with the # 6 pick & then take a Catcher from Purdue – Plawecki with the 43rd pick in the sandwich round.