Ryan Dempster will try to stem the bleeding today (you’ll note I didn’t say “stop”) for the Cubs, who’ve made the bottom-feeding Twins look like the formerly-awesome Twins. Bryan LaHair sits again against a lefty, which is probably as much abou protecting his numbers as it is about trying to get Jeff Baker to crush some lefties before the end of July.

At least the game’s on WGN, right? And at least the Cubs are facing Francisco Liriano, who’s been brutally bad this year. So they’re guaranteed to dominate, right?

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (19-40) at Minnesota Twins (24-34), 1:10pm 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

Ryan Dempster (1-3, 2.59 ERA, 1.076 WHIP)


Francisco Liriano (1-6, 6.46 ERA, 1.739 WHIP)

Minnesota Twins Lineup

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Ben Revere, RF

3. Joe Mauer, DH

4. Josh Willingham, LF

5. Justin Morneau, 1B

6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B

7. Brian Dozier, SS

8. Drew Butera, C

9. Jamey Carroll, 2B

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, LF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. David DeJesus, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, DH

5. Jeff Baker, 1B

6. Joe Mather, CF

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Ian Stewart, 3B

9. Koyie Hill, C

  • Leroy K.

    they wouldn’t even let Demp finish???

    • rcleven

      Demp went 118 pitches. Nobody throws that much any more.

      • calicubsfan007

        It isn’t even the halfway mark of the season, can’t waste pitchers’ arms this early.

        • Leroy K.

          makes sense. Didn’t think about that.

          • calicubsfan007

            No problem hombre. Get some sleep! lol

  • Jeff

    Why the hell didn’t they let Carlos Marmol pitch the ninth inning. He needs to get back in the last inning save situation, albeit this isn’t a save situation. Come on Sevum, get your act together.

    • calicubsfan007

      We would have lost the game if we let Marmol pitch. I don’t blame Sveum for not trusting Marmol.

      • Jeff

        @ 7 million, you need to get him back into game situations, like it or not, I doubt he would have done much worse than Russell did there, maybe give up a run or two more…lol

        • calicubsfan007

          Another moment where I question where Hendry’s brain was when he did this deal. Sigh…

  • calicubsfan007

    Now they won, 8-2. Nice job Cubbies. Got a little nervous there after Carroll’s double, but it’s all good now.