Pre-Gamin’: Cubs v. Twins (7:10 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.

It’s another slap fight for the Cubs, but at least it’s a beautiful new ballpark. The batting order gets a bit zany, what with the DH involved. All Cubs will be getting my full support, but I might give an extra cheer for Alfonso Soriano.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (19-37) at Minnesota Twins (22-34), 7:10pm 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 (0-2, 4.56 ERA, 1.056 WHIP)

versus

P.J. Walters (2-1, 3.69 ERA, 1.358 WHIP)

Minnesota Twins Lineup

1. Ben Revere, CF

2. Jamey Carroll, 2B

3. Josh Willingham, LF

4. Justin Morneau, DH

5. Ryan Doumit, C

6. Chris Parmelee, 1B

7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B

8. Brian Dozier, SS

9. Darin Mastroianni, RF

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, LF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. David DeJesus, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, DH

5. Bryan LaHair, 1B

6. Joe Mather, CF

7. Steve Clevenger, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Ian Stewart, 3B

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

84 responses to “Pre-Gamin’: Cubs v. Twins (7:10 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.”

  1. TWC

    “A Friday night at Target Field would probably be a bit more fun than watching a Friday night at Target Field, but it’s something.”

    Should this say “A Friday night at Target would probably be a bit more fun that watching Friday night’s game at Target Field…” or am I missing something entirely?

  2. Leroy K.

    lets go Cubs!!!

  3. CubFan Paul

    The tony campana experiment is over

    1. TWC

      Tony Campana is dead.  Long live Tony Campana.

  4. mark

    pretty good defensive outfield.

  5. Ben

    How much longer do we give Ian Stewart to live up to his untapped potential…..he was horrible last year and this year if he didn’t take walks his awfulness would be even worse than it already is……if that didn’t make sense the reason is it is 5:25 and Friday

    1. Carew

      Until either Vitters is completely ready or we get a 3b through trade or free agency. Or was it a rhetorical question

      1. Ben

        It was a little of both (rhetorical and wondering if there is no one else) I know Vitters is not quite ready yet and throwing him into this situation probably would hurt his development

      2. rcleven

        Be careful what you wish for. It just may become true.

        Might be better off giving Stewart the rest of the year off and let his wrist heal. Let Baker and Mather fill 3rd base and hope for the best.

    2. die hard

      Cubs 3B of the future is playing SS tonight..initials—SC….if they dont move him to LF….

      1. yield51

        Cubs 3B of the future IS playing SS tonight he just isn’t in the Twin Cities. He is in Knoxville or Peoria, take your pick.

        1. rcleven

          Wouldn’t be surprised to see the third baseman of the future playing tonight in Minnesota. One of the kids in the system moving to short and pushing Castro to third.

          1. DocPeterWimsey

            I’m not sure if moving Castro to 3rd would be more inane or insane.  His OPS is 0.05 above the average for an MLB SS this year; it’s 0.04 below the average for an MLB 3Bman.  Castro’s defense has been worth many extra outs over the average SS, but because of his range, which would be nullified at 3B.

            Hmmm…. toss up!

            1. TWC

              “I’m not sure if moving Castro to 3rd would be more inane or insane.”

              I prefer to use “ignorant”.

              1. DocPeterWimsey

                That’s much less poetic, but probably more accurate.  One must sacrifice for art, you know.

              2. rcleven

                Were still talking three to four out into the future. With another fifteen to twenty pounds and hopefully muscle Castro will become a hitter with more power.
                Haven’t seen seen the upper level SS play but I have seen Baez play and this kid is for real. Has all the range of Castro (not smoothness of Castro but plays with more poise).
                If Castro can’t get get his head out of his ass he has no business being a QB of the infield.

      2. Carew

        Castro will not go to 3B or LF ever. In case you havent noticed his defense has gotten a lot better and with his age comes a boatload of learning.

        1. nkniacc

          Lake or Baez will move to 3rd or 2b Castro could go to 2b but I dont see him going to 3rd

          1. Carew

            I can see 2b. To me, he belongs in the middle infield.

      3. Jared

        these people that think castro should move positions are so ignorant! havent you seen what he is capable in this last month or more of great defense and it will only get better…most likely gold glove someday with his range, athletic ability, and talent for the position

        1. Joe

          I hate the word “ignorant.” It implies “they” don’t have an education. Who is “they?”

          1. DocPeterWimsey

            Ignorant and uneducated are not quite identical: for example, most people with college degrees basically fail HS level history tests.  Ignorance means lacking knowledge: and there are two pieces of knowledge that are absent when people suggest that Castro should be moved from SS.  One is that fielding worth is based on how many outs a guy creates, which is far, far more a product of range than errors.  Simply put, it is ignorant to state that Castro is a bad fielder.  The second is that a player’s worth as a batter transfer’s from one position to the next.  Simply put, it is ignorant to assume that just because Castro is a good hitting SS, he is also a good hitting 3Bman, LFer or CFer.

  6. Ben

    Law said yesterday that Almora would immediately vault above Rizzo and Baez in Cubs minor league system prospect rankings…….How sweet would it be to have Rizzo, Almora, Soler, Baez, and Jackson…..that is a solid top 5….I know Rizzo will likely be called up before that and possibly Jackson but 5 nice young pieces to build around

  7. Ben

    I do have a feeling that if the Cubs don’t get Soler the other team likely spent over 30-35million on him…….If he goes for much over not sure you couldn’t address your needs better elsewhere anyway

  8. emrac

    more competition for the Cubs for players now. I hope the Dodgers don’t go crazy taking everybody

  9. Leroy K.

    agreed if he goes over 30 million dollars, don’t really want him….way too unproven…

  10. Joe

    Look at Travis Wood’s numbers and it sums up this season. (0-2, 4.56 ERA(really is better)1.056 WHIP(excellent)). Cubs can’t SCORE!

  11. Kevin

    How can the cubs throw $35M at Soler, eat $45M of Soriano’s contract and ask for $300M from a bankrupt city and state for Wrigley renovations?

    1. Joe

      You have got to STOP making sense!(LOL)

    2. Mrp

      Get rid of the amusement tax and landmark status for Wrigley and we will talk. How much has the city brought in from that amusement tax anyway? Just give that back and call it even.

      1. Hansman1982

        Plus sales, income and property tax revenues that are much higher in the area thanks to the cubs

      2. rcleven

        How much does the city charge in amusement tax per ticket?

  12. emrac

    hopefully we can land him at a reasonable price. And sign our draft picks

  13. Mike F

    I agree with Brett. It really doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to get into a bidding war for a player like Soler. Nice prospect, but clearly clearly not worth the prospect of an insane bidding war. It’s one thing to talk the talk and place all the blame on Hendry for the insanity of the contracts at the MLB level, but given what they have to do to clean that up, taking a crap shoot on cuban defector who would likely be an A caliber player right now and would be 2 years at least from the major leagues, is not in the best interest of the Cubs.

    None of us know what the right number is, but it seems to me 30 M or excess is really crazy for this particular situation.

    1. djriz

      He is an impact type prospect, and if all it takes is money, you for it. He’d be like a top 5 draft pick for nothing. I don’t think the Cubs are hurting for money, no matter what you here, and Soler would fit the type of player the Jedstein likes.

  14. Jason "Thundermug"

    The Daytona Cubs placed former Lower Cape May Regional High School star Matt Szczur on the disabled list because of a strained knee, the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal reported Thursday.
    Manager Brian Harper told the News-Journal the Cubs are just being cautious with the outfield prospect.

    1. mark

      If they waited till Thursday to DL him–after sitting him for, what, five or six games?–and now he’ll have to sit for seven more (I think that’s how it works), they must have some concerns.

      1. nkniacc

        Luke wasn’t the reason the waited because of the guy the activated to tak his spot?

        1. mark

          I’m skeptical about that. With prospects–especially those like Szczur who, at A+ is on the 40 man roster, the only one on the team–there’s a premium on getting them into games. If they sat him for 5-6 games, knowing that they would then DL him, it was because they were damn sure whatever knee strain he had wouldn’t be better inside two weeks. If they thought it would be OK sooner, they would have DLed immediately, regardless of whether there was a replacement, just to be sure he wouldn’t miss games unnecessarily. Unless I misunderstand the rules, which is entirely possible

        2. Luke

          Szczur went on the DL the same day Bonne came off, and that probably is not coincidence.

          Nor does it explain anything.  If Szczur could not play, then it was pointless to keep him off the DL for that time.  It could be the injury was marginal and that he could have played in an emergency, but that means the Cubs DL’d him for a marginal injury.  That doesn’t make a lot of sense either.

          I’m not sure what exactly happened, but it boils down to this: Szczur is on the DL, Bonne isn’t, and we’ll see what happens next week.

  15. Joe

    Clevenger should be starting every game.

  16. mark

    The Cubs are almost forced into a bidding war for Soler–if it’s forced upon them–simply because they’re desperately thin in the OF for the future. I know all about Jackson and Szczur and Almora, and that maybe Lake could move to the OF, but they really need impact OFers badly. It’s not like any of the above are sure things and they really don’t have much depth.

    Re Doc’s comments re Castro, I tend to agree. I’ve seen Castro–and all of you have, too–make insanely good plays lately. It seems to me, more so than last year. And he makes them look easy. To me, the only question is the bit about keeping his head in the game. I can imagine how hard that can be on a team like the 2012 Cubs.

    1. DocPeterWimsey

      When you are dealing with guys as young as Soler or Almora, you are not really worried about the OF that you have in AAA, or even AA.  It is about trying to stock up on quality prospects.  Soler looks like he’d be a good addition to any organization: if you already have quality OF prospects, then this frees you up to trade one or more of them for pitching, IF or catching.

  17. nkniacc

    OF is where the Cubs actually have a bit of depth in the minors

    1. mark

      Right. That’s why they’re starting Mather, Johnson and DeJesus tonight. It must be frustrating for all those hot OF prospects, not being able to crack that lineup.

      1. nkniacc

        I didn’t say that the Prospects were in AAA or AA.

  18. Kevin

    MRP – That’s exactly what I want to happen. Forget the Amusenent Tax and the Cubs will not require financial assistance to renovate Wrigley Field. It’s a win for both sides.

    1. Mrp

      Fair enough. My only problem is all the money that has went to the city because of Wrigley and the Cubs. To my knowledge know other MLB team has to put up with both paying that tax and not getting any money back from the city.

  19. mark

    Looks like another 10 run night, already.

  20. Mysterious4th

    Castro tripled….dejesus did his job with a sac fly to score him then soriano hitting a bomb to straight away center….somewhere around 430′ or so. Nice start to the game!

  21. Carew

    Brenly is my favorite announcer haha

  22. mark

    I-Cubs won their first. Rizzo was 2-4 with a HR. Vitters also 2-4, with a 2B and 2 RBIs. I think he’ll get called up tomorrow.

    1. Jimmy james

      Which one?

      1. mark

        I was gonna say Vitters, but I may hafta reconsider. Stewart is lookin’ mighty comfortable batting 9th.

  23. Cubs Dude

    I just saw a tattoo on Sveums upper right arm that says “Give EM Hell”. It looks as if a buddy gave it to him in the dugout back in the day. If he is still around when Baez is up he can compare his ink to Baez’s neck mlb logo tat..

  24. nkniacc

    Im kinda surprised the Cubs haven’t announced any draft signings

  25. mark

    Ugh. Doin’ what they can to give the game back. Well, still 5 runs to go.

  26. Cub Style

    Paul Moltior has a hot daughter.

  27. Mrp

    Or a good escort service.

  28. Carew

    So thats who that was…dayum

  29. mark

    Still an inning left to get the final 3 runs.

  30. calicubsfan007

    Why is Wells still here? He should be in the minors. He blew a lead in the 6th, 2 outs, and he let those runs score…