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A three-game winning streak followed by a three-game losing streak? Let’s hope not.

The Cubs face a resurgent Barry Zito, who’s pitching like he did just before he came to the Giants and started eating cash. Starlin Castro is back in the three-hole, and Darwin Barney is back in the two-hole.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (18-34) at San Francisco Giants (29-24), 3:05pm 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, 5.94 ERA, 7.83 FIP)

versus

Barry Zito (4-2, 3.41 ERA, 4.60 FIP)

San Francisco Giants Lineup

1. Gregor Blanco, RF

2. Ryan Theriot, 2B

3. Melky Cabrera, LF

4. Buster Posey, 1B

5. Angel Pagan, CF

6. Hector Sanchez, C

7. Joaquin Arias, 3B

8. Brandon Crawford, SS

9. Barry Zito, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Tony Campana, CF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Jeff Baker, 1B

6. Ian Stewart, 3B

7. Reed Johnson, RF

8. Koyie Hill, C

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Cerambam

    Is this three no starts for Lahair in a row?

  • Cerambam

    I think yesterdays lineup both in order and personnel is the best we can currently give and this lineup for today ( not to beat a dead horse) is just not doing it for me, Ive had enough of hill reed and baker. Dejesus Lahair and clevenger all sitting ? Really ?

    • Drew7

      I do think Sveum gets a bit carried away with his platooning.

      • Joe

        Micro-managing?

      • Cheryl

        Although Doc says no evidence exists that players aren’t hurt by platooning, I agree that Sveum gets carried away with it. That is why I would rather see LaHair traded than be in the position he’s in now. DeJesus may be used to it, but for someone who’s just had his dream come true of playing in the majors it’s probably a rough position to be in He’ll go up and get three hits then sits. It doesn’t help him t get back on track. Even if he had to face lefties it would be better for him to play. I don’t believe he’s an automatic out in that category.

  • Ben

    It sucks when you feel more confident about the pitcher’s hitting ability than the #8 and #6 hitters

    • Joe

      I’ll take that a step further. #5, #6, and #8. A good case could be made about #7 too! Yes, we have nothing at the bottom of the order. Do I expect the Cubs to win? No. But in a strange way, I am not mad.

      • Ben

        Yes, I thought about including the others you mentioned but tried to stay positive

  • Kevin

    Brett, Is Muirfield as nice as it looks on TV?

  • @cubsfantroy

    I know these guys are major league players, but really, hey are the bottom of the barrel. I’m talking about Hill, Mather, Baker and Johnson. They all need to be released and the Cubs either need to bring some people up or find some other role players. I’ve been trying really hard to stay positive, but this is getting ridiculous. The Cubs will be lucky to score any runs as it stands right now.

    • Joe

      I think that Theo is going by the Rizzo timeline. Once that extra year of control is there, I would bet the call-ups and trades begin.

  • Cheryl

    Granted Sveum doesn’t have much to work with and I was a big supporter of him in the beginning, but I’m beginning to have doubts about him and it isn’t just because of LaHair. It’s this righties and lefties thing and the constant platooning. There are only two players that seem to have consistent spots in the lineup – Castro and DeJesus.

    • Joe

      I hate to say it, but I think if brought up our best minor league players, they would beat our current team playing today.

  • Kevin

    Troy, agree 100%, they are not even trying to win.

  • Diesel

    I would like Travis Wood a whole lot if he drilled Theriot in the side with a fastball.

    • Joe

      Yep! Theriot thinks he’s a stud muffin.

      • @cubsfantroy

        Against the Cubs he can act like that. Until they can consistently get him out, he can be a jack ass out there against them. Whether I agree with it or not, I would still love to see him get drilled though lol

  • Jeff

    All the right handed hitters and the lefty gets a base hit!

  • Kevin

    Anyone who believes Sveum is making up the starting lineup needs to take their blinders off. Theo is making all the calls. Don’t get mad at Sveum, he’s just Theo’s puppet. I have an idea, let’s bag all year so we get a better draft pick, but at the same time continue to charge fans full price to watch a game.

    • Jimmy james

      Sorry dont buy it at all

    • @cubsfantroy

      I don’t think Sveum is the kind of guy that would allow that to happen. He is just working with what Theo has given him. That, I believe, is the only control Theo has.

  • Kevin

    Sorry, don’t buy your response.

  • calicubsfan007

    I don’t really like this lineup at all. I agree with whoever said Theos going off the Rizzo timeline, then he will do major personel moves. Hope its soon. I can’t stand guys like Baker and Hill hitting.

  • calicubsfan007

    I am annoyed at some of Sveums choices, but remember, this is his first full year managing. We can’t expect him to be Torre or Anderson off the bat. He taking his lumps like the rest of the Cubs. He will improve.

    • Joe

      How come you didn’t say that about Quade?(LOL)

      • calicubsfan007

        Ha, good point!!! Only problem was that I wasn’t posting on this page until 3 months ago. LOL

      • @cubsfantroy

        Quade was a dumbass who favored players and did the exact opposite of what he said he was going to do.

        • calicubsfan007

          Agreed

        • art

          Yes

  • Kevin

    Robin Ventura is in his 1st year and doing quite well and he’s never had any coaching experience before.

    • calicubsfan007

      It is really fair to compare two coaches if they have similar player talent and after 2 years. Otherwise, it is like comparing apples to oranges. To use a football reference, Rick Mirer had a better rookie season than Drew Bledsoe, but look what happened to both guys since and few remember Mirer’s rookie season.

    • Njriv

      Coaching in the American League is easier than coaching in the National League. With the pitcher batting it consists of more strategy, you have to worry about pinch hitting, double switches and you go through your bench and bullpen more. Since the American League has the DH you pretty much sit there and wait til your pitcher gets tired and bring in a new one.

  • ry34

    One hit off zito thru 4 innings, yes this really is the shittiest offense in the game today! goose egg after goose egg with this team.

  • Jeff

    There’s your payback to Theriot!!

  • Joe

    A hit and run with Hill batting? Are you hidding me Sveum! What ARE you thinking! And Stewart running. Come on man.

    • can’t think of a cool name

      My thoughts exactly.

  • calicubsfan007

    Wow, Wood is doing really well so far. Just need our offense to wake up.

    • Joe

      What offense? Sheesh!

      • calicubsfan007

        True, I’m trying to stay positive.

  • ry34

    why in the hell is hill even still in the majors, never been more of an automatic rally killer than him! shit the bed, score some freakin runs!@

  • Jeff

    Our DH just missed catching a ball in the outfield, go figure!

  • ferrets_bueller

    ……and soriano gives up the first hit…. Bum.

    • art

      and he allowed a runner to score from first on a single to left. and like BB said, the foul to left should have been caught.

  • calicubsfan007

    STUPID HILL!!!!! WHAT A WHIMP!!!!!!! CATCH THE BLOODY THROW!!!!!

    • Joe

      I feel like I’m watching an “A” ball team!

      • calicubsfan007

        I think their catchers can catch perfect throws. Hill was afraid of getting nailed by Pagan. Please demote him, bring back Lalli. At least he can catch!!!

  • Joe

    I thought Hill was known for his defense. Ya, right. Couldn.t catch a perfect throw to the plate. This guy is so washed up.

    • calicubsfan007

      Thats an insult to washed up guys.

  • JOF

    Soriano looks like he cant even walk any more. Why is he still out in left? What class Hill is at the plate, I wish. These two, what a train wreck.

  • Kevin

    If you are a true Cub fan and are tired of losing then maybe watching this movie clip will help us put pressure on Theo & Company to put a winner on the field.

    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechnetwork2.html

    • calicubsfan007

      I’M MAD AS HELL!!!! LOL. Cool video.

    • Joe

      Thanks for the link Kevin. Great clip!

    • Cheryl

      Never saw the movie, but great clip. Belongs here!

  • Jeff

    This is the first game, I’ve watched in a while…I think I’d have more fun watching midget porn.
    Quit making excuses for Soriano, Bob and Len

    • calicubsfan007

      I like what you said about what would be more fun to watch, made me laugh. Nice.

    • @cubsfantroy

      Well that is because midget porn is awesome.

  • Toby

    Cubs need to put Soriano on DL. His legs aren’t there anymore. I truly feel for Soriano because I have experienced what it is like when you are physically unable to play.

  • Jeff

    Bob and Len just make the case for Campana to take a pitch on a 3-1 count. He looks at a fastball right down the middle of the plate, the only fastball he was going to see in that at bat and then strikes out on the slider on the next pitch…ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You guys kill me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeff

    Sometimes you have to face the fact that these guys, including the managers are just dumb jocks and lack alot in the little grey cells department.

    • Njriv

      I don’t always agree with what they say, but Bob Brenly has at least managed his way to a world series ring. I consider us lucky, we could have Hawk and Stone, so if you don’t like what they have to say put the TV on mute.

      • Jeff

        It’s not that I don’t like what they say all the time, I just hate to hear anyone arguing for passiveness. In a 3-1 count with no one on base, the pitcher is not going to pitch away from you. He doesn’t want to walk anyone, especially someone like Campana. He would rather force the batter to put it into play than walk him in that situation. Anyone arguing to take a pitch in that situation is an idiot. Only time you take rather than be prepared to swing away is if the pitcher has been wild, Zito has been all around the plate today.

        Just bad bad advice, be prepared to hit, don’t be scared to hit!!

  • ry34

    it has to suck being a cubs pitcher knowing that you pretty much have to throw a near perfect game to have a chance at winning w this useless offense every time out!

    • Joe

      You can’t expect a team to win with 3(three)offensive players! That’s exactly what the Cubs have in the lineup today. And that’s if you consider Campana an offensive player right now.

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