The Cubs will try to start a winning streak today, as Jeff Samardzija takes the mound on his own bobble-head day. The Cubs’ bats will try to stay alive, even if they don’t have the same extreme-wind-related support.

Bryan LaHair sits again against a lefty, so it seems like he’s kind of a platoon guy now. The Cubs might be trying to protect his numbers, so to speak.

Also, the folks – about whom I reckon you’ve heard by now – who have been walking with a goat across the country (to “crack the curse,” but also to raise money for charity) have arrived at Wrigley Field. I guess it was unrealistic to try and delay the arrival until 2014 or 2015, when the curse might actually be broken.



Game Info

San Diego Padres (17-33) at Chicago Cubs (16-32), 1:20pm 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

Eric Stults (1-0, 1.54 ERA, 1.029 WHIP)

versus

Jeff Samardzija (4-3, 3.00 ERA, 1.175 WHIP)

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. John Baker, C

7. Everth Cabrerra, SS

8. Alexi Amarista, 2B

9. Eric Stults, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Joe Mather, 3B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Jeff Baker, 1B

6. Reed Johnson, CF

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Koyie Hill, C

9. Jeff Samardzija, P




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