The Cubs tonight start a four-game set against the San Francisco Giants in a game that probably won’t end until after 1am ET. Is it safe to say that the Enhanced Box Score will be delayed a few hours? Yes. It is safe to say.

The Cubs will try to keep their winning streak going against a team not named the Padres (but a team that does have “San” in the name).

Tony Campana finally cracks back into the starting lineup, and it’s as the leadoff hitter. Unfortunately for him, it’s against a lefty. The rest of the Cubs’ lineup is about what we’ve come to expect against lefties, fear-inducing as it is.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (18-32) at San Francisco Giants (27-24), 9:15pm 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

Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.62 ERA, 1.263 WHIP)


Madison Bumgarner (5-4, 3.14 ERA, 1.106 WHIP)

San Francisco Giants Lineup

1. Gregor Blanco, RF

2. Ryan Theriot, 2B

3. Melky Cabrera, LF

4. Buster Posey, C

5. Angel Pagan, CF

6. Brett Pill, 1B

7. Joaquin Arias, 3B

8. Brandon Crawford, SS

9. Madison Bumgarner

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Tony Campana, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Joe Mather, 3B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Reed Johnson, RF

6. Jeff Baker, 1B

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Steve Clevenger, C

9. Paul Maholm, P

  • Spencer


  • calicubsfan007

    Clevenger in, we win

    • Spencer

      I expected to see Hill in, honestly.

  • HoustonTransplant

    Bah…I don’t care what arm the pitcher throws with, LaHair should be in the lineup…and be hitting 3rd. I’d move Clevenger to 5 and Barney to 6 and then I don’t care after that.

    Let’s hope they can win again! 4 in a row would be a great way to start my summer vacation. Thanks, Cubs, for waiting to play until after I get home!

    • Cheryl

      Agreed, but they seem to think LaHair is more suited to platoon with Baker. Sveum is somewhat like Quade in terms of sitting a guy after he does well.But at least Campagna is in leadoff, don’t care much for the rest of the lineup.

  • Cee-Dee-Vee

    Seems like Dale said to Campana “You wanna play? Okay here, you’re in versus a lefty. I’ll take it. ” Glad to see Clevenger in there also.

  • Myles

    Who are the Gians, and man is that lineup hot garbage.

    • MXC

      When I first read it I thought it said “Cubs vs Glans” and figured Brett started to resort to penis jokes

  • mark

    I suggest ya’ll try to get used to this lineup, or something close to it. A lot of the others will be dealt, perhaps sooner rather than later.

  • nkniacc

    I don’t mind the lineup. I also expect a bunch of turnover after July. I just hope that the Cubs gets some prospects that are interesting in some of the deals and not just a Dempster or Garza trade

  • Rick Vaughn

    Is the message board down?

    EDIT: Nevermind.

  • Tonycampanathebasethief

    Ronald torreyes 4-4 with 2 RBI

    • Luke

      I’d like to say he’s broken out of his extended season opening slump, but it’s a little early for that yet.

      • Kyle

        I haven’t seen the games themselves to be sure, but I suspect there is no slump. Just a lot of balls that refuse to find holes.

        • Luke

          I suspect you’re right.  His BB% and K% are fine.  His BABIP could star in a cheap horror movie.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            Have his XBH’s deviated from a constant rate?  Along with walks & K’s, that is what I’d look at: it’s largely singles that are lost to missed holes.

            • Luke

              That gets a bit tricky because you have to adjust for the change in league since 2011 (his only full season year we can judge from), but the rates look to be fairly consistent across 2011 and 2012.

  • Melky

    Please someone explain to me this Mather hitting in the 3 hole… Why? His stats have never backed it up nor do they back it up now. Lahair I could make an argument for but seriously what has Mather ever done. It looks like sveum lost a bet and a former coach said you aint got the stones to start Mather and bay him 3rd seeing he’s never hit for anything

    • Jared

      I agree, but with giving LaHair and DeJesus a rest…what is a better line-up? You have to work with what you’ve got…and Sveum doesn’t have a lot…

  • mark

    Vitters, two run HR, to go with 2-3 for Jackson with 1HR. Baez got a pair of singles, Lake 2-4.

    Gotta like Tony.

    • Kyle

      Vitters had the HR on a 3-1 count, and a 9-pitch BB.

    • djriz

      My favorite stat of the night:

      McNutt went 0 for 2!

      (which means he finally pitched long enough to get 2 at bats)

  • Jared

    I don’t like to over analyze things, but with LaHair getting a day off right now…while somewhat hot…I am guessing we don’t see Rizzo called up during the set against the Twins? I realize it’s a week away, but you could leave him be in the lineup, with the thought of some inter league DH appearances coming up??? For all intents and purposes, I would call DH’ing a break…”I hate the AL DH rule, STUPID!!!”

  • Melky

    Jared thanks for responding but my point is soriano at least I can say he was a has been, lahair could say he was a never was but Marther everyone says who the hell and he doesn’t have the stats for reason. Why is lahair getting a break?, guarantee
    He doesn’t want it at this point.

    • Cheryl

      Maybe it’s to the FO’s advantage to sit LaHair since they’re going to bring up Rizzo soon. Or, maybe they are setting up a trade. I don’t know. I’m puzzled by the whole thing.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        They probably are interested in trading Baker and trying to get him as many PAs against lefties as possible.

        • mark

          Everyone knows Baker hits lefties–and only lefties. His record in that regard is well known in baseball circles. There is nothing to be proven in that regard.

          • Cheryl

            Then shouldn’t Baker bat third and not Mather?

            • mark

              I’m not sure I follow your “then.”

              Here are their lines, as of game time:

              Mather: .260 337 .455 .792
              Baker: .235 .310 .314 .624

              I suspect that Sveum’s reasoning ran something like this:

              As between the two RH hitters, Mather has a higher batting average, higher OBA, MUCH higher SLG. Mather therefore makes more sense as the #3 hitter–as between the two of them. Add to that, here are Mather’s splits against lefties:

              .296 .441 .407 .849

              which compares extremely favorably to Baker’s this year.

              Baker is actually hitting rather poorly against lefties so far this year, but Sveum is going with his career history over LaHair. You can read Sveum’s reasoning as regards Baker and LaHair here: LaHair delivers crucial homer off left-hander. In that article Sveum says:

              “The bottom line is Baker swings the heck out of the bat against left-handed pitching and you have to give him at-bats and sometimes without jeopardizing our defense in other areas, that’s the one spot Baker is going to play.”

              • Cheryl

                I was following your earlier statement about how well Baker hits against lefties and used “then” to ask if he shouldn’t bat third to take advantage of that.

  • mark

    LaHair is hitting .136 against lefties. Perhaps that suggests a reason why he’s sitting tonight.

    • Robbo

      Then what is Clevenger doing in there against a lefty? Besides grounding into DP’s. Damnit Dale, you have outsmarted yourself

      • mark

        Who would you prefer to see catching for the Cubs tonight?

  • Jared

    No on is pointing out the obvious…Soriano is batting clean-up…they can’t wait to dump him off to someone else…but he’s batting 4th for the Cubs tonight…

  • Jzwizard

    Lol. Theriot is hitting .234 but dominating the Cubs tonight. Soriano has been on his game as of late. Wee got ourselves a ball game now!

  • Jzwizard

    And the winning streak ends…

  • Zogie

    Adv. Box Score
    The cubs did not look good coming off their off day. The middle of the line-up could not bring in any runs. The bullpen looked good with a strong outing by Marmol. Campana 1-4 2 K 1SB. His ave and obp continues to fall. I believe either the management staff or Campana is using the bunt way too often. Let the kid hit. Castro 2-4 2K CS has done well with his ABs recently and has been hot of late. The 2 strikeouts came because of lack of discipline, but the hits were because of patients(good counts). Mather 1-4 1K has been slumping since being moved to the 3 hole. The Cubs are still looking for a 3 hole hitter. Sori 1-3 1HR 1K continues to hit the ball hard. He smoked one out of here to make the game interesting. Johnson 0-4 2K had a bad outing today. Hopefully he can bounce back. Baker 2-3 had a good day against the giants tough lefty, but SLG is needed from a 1st baseman. Barney 3-4 is red hot right now. Clevenger 0-4 2DP. He kills righties, but can’t seem to find the stroke against lefties. LaHair 1-1 2B DeJesus 0-1 Cardenas 0-1 K. The cubs still need to figure out starting pitching. The need runs early to have a chance. Lastly, my shout out goes to Carlos Marmol. He had a great inning in relief which I hope continues.

  • Tonycampanathebasethief

    Danny knobler reports dodgers are pursuing pitching help and he thinks they might make a deal for dempster saying they wanted dempster 2 years ago but the cubs said no so they settles for Lilly

  • grace17

    Lahair not playin is so dumb. I don’t get it. “Let’s sit our best power hitter cause he don’t swing good at lefties”,” hi five “,well win cause he isn’t playin. “Yea he’s way better sittin on the bench”.

  • Still Love the Cubs

    Anyone notice that the only right handed batter on our bench was SH Koyie Hill?

    That was rough coming down the stretch when the put in the lefty in the 9th inning. 2 LH hitters in a row to finish out the game.

    And why on earth did Stewart not get to 3rd on Barney’s infield single there. That was really bad baserunning and it may have cost us the tying run.