Pre-Gamin’: Tigers v. Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.

The Cubs welcome the Tigers to Wrigley Field tonight, and will look to avoid being the Tigers’ soft place to fall. Max Scherzer’s been up and down lately, so he could be great tonight, or ugly. Either way, we’ll probably attribute the results to Rudy Jaramillo’s firing, because that makes sense.

Game Info

Detroit Tigers (28-32) at Chicago Cubs (20-40), 7:05pm 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

Max Scherzer (5-4, 5.88 ERA, 4.44 FIP)


Paul Maholm (4-5, 5.10 ERA, 5.10 FIP)

Detroit Tigers Lineup

1. Austin Jackson, CF

2. Brennan Boesch, RF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B

4. Prince Fielder, 1B

5. Delmon Young, LF

6. Jhonny Peralta, SS

7. Gerald Laird, C

8. Danny Worth, 2B

9. Max Scherzer, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Tony Campana, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. David DeJesus, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Bryan LaHair, 1B

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Ian Stewart, 3B

9. Paul Maholm, P

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151 responses to “Pre-Gamin’: Tigers v. Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.”

  1. Luke D

    DeJesus and Soriano v. Cabrera and Fielder …

    We may have ‘em beat tonight, boys.

  2. ibcnu2222 (John)

    How about we switch Dejesus and Lahair?

  3. EQ76

    I would say why the heck do we keep batting DeJesus in the 3-hole, but who the heck else are we gonna put there?

    1. hansman1982

      Ideally I would love to see:

      DeJesus – L and patient
      Castro – R and not
      LaHair – L and patient
      Soriano – R and not
      Clevenger – L and ???
      Barney – R – not
      Stewart – L – Patient
      Campana – L – not

  4. hansman1982

    I likey the FIP inclusion!

    Can we get pitcher handed-ness?

    1. Spencer

      just look at the Cubs lineup. If LaHair isn’t in the lineup, its a LHP.

  5. Alex

    Is there any word on Rizzo? He apparently left today’s game with a leg injury.

    1. Falselife

      Nothing that I have heard, the local news had no update.

      He slid into the dugout fence trying to make a foul territory grab. Trainers were out there a while with him. They were all over his knee…walked off under his own power. I’m hoping for a contusion….

      Come on Gods of Baseball, we have suffered long enough.

      UPDATE: Ok. They are saying it’s just a sore knee.

  6. Alex

    Hopefully Soriano stays hot and puts on a show with the bat so maybe the Tigers will inquire about him. Garza & Soriano (most of salary paid) for Turner, Castellanos and Austin Jackson?

  7. EricR

    Garza, Dempster, LaHair, etc, all sell themselves. Soriano though, I’d love to see him stay hot.

  8. RWakild

    Just gave me a reason to watch tonights game, Campana and Lahair!!!

  9. GoldFinch

    I’m really starting to believe Sveum is not really in charge of this team! Ian “STEW” is starting again, bad wrist and all. Something fishy going on here? Oh, that’s right. Sveum is an “assistant” manager! Maybe he can make it at the grocery store!(LOL)

    1. King Jeff

      Alright, you’ve made it very clear you do not like Svuem or his decisions. Do we have to read on every one of Brett’s posts how much you disagree with him? You made your point, and haven’t made any other one’s besides that, time to switch it up a little.

  10. Patrick G

    Over/under 13K’s for Scherzer?

  11. RWakild

    Although I am getting tired of Stewart and his .200 batting average but baby steps is better than watching Baker play first.

    1. GoldFinch

      Baker is a done deal. Toast.

      1. Chris S


        That really suprises me after being at the Cubs/Twins games this weekend, on the jumbo tron (Wrigley needs one), it was saying about how Baker was the player of the year for an entire state at one point (Virginia, maybe? I can’t remember now), but jeez, talk about a bust. After seeing the accomplishments he had I was thinking “Man, and now he’s a platoon player for the Cubs”…

  12. Germano

    Rather amazingly, Prince Fielder is 6/48 lifetime vs Maholm. That means an avg of .125, without any extrabase hit. This is even more incredibile when you consider Maholm has allowed an avg of .282 to the league for his carrer. Well, baseball’s an amazing game.
    Good luck to all Cubs fan for tonight’s game!

    1. magilljl

      All that says to me (especially given the way this years gone) is Fielder is due for a multi homer game and may, just may, drive home 25 runs….give or take.

  13. mudge

    Sveum said Stewart would tell him when his wrist hurts too much to play. The .200 average is telling everybody. He should at least be resting it every 3-4 days, day before an off day. Who is this helping? D Lee took two years to recover from wrist injury. I like Hansman’s lineup, above, power hitters 3-4, what a concept.

  14. RizzofutureAllstar

    Its hard to believe that the Tigers are only 8 games better then the cubs

    1. Johnny Mac

      I know. They were such a sexy pick at the start of the season for their division.

  15. Toby

    Is it me or is it really getting old the anti-Sveum comments that are posted or are the comments just the sour grapes of Ryne Sandberg never getting hired as manager?

    1. MichiganGoat

      Nah just a bitter person that wants to stir up arguments, best to ignore or scare it away with actual facts and logic.

    2. calicubsfan007

      Just people who are angry, as Michigan said, “scare it away with actual facts and logic.” Michigan has done that before pretty well, if you want good advice for that Toby, I suggest asking him.

    3. EvenBetterNewsV2.0

      It really is getting old. In this season I can only recall one time that stood out as a “what the hell moment.” That was the Castro bunt with runners on first and second with Lahair on deck as hot as any hitter in baseball. Taking the bat out of his two best hitters hands were the only what the hell was he thinking moment of the year. Some things are easy to question in hindsight, but you can at least understand them. I think he has done ok with the hand that was given. This team is worse than the group of talent in the movie Major Leagues. That was easy to see in spring training. We easily have the worst bullpen in the majors. One of the worst defenses. One of the worst offenses. That about covers that.

  16. Jp

    Siap but why was Rizzo pulled after 2 ABs tonight? Reinjured or what?

    1. art

      hit the wall and hurt his knee. minor of what i hear.

      1. North Side Irish

        Gave me Bill Mueller flashbacks…and I did not like it.

  17. John

    Rizzo Is day to day with a right knee contusion.

    1. calicubsfan007

      @John: Do you know whats the time table for return for someone with that kind of injury? Because I want to see Rizzo as soon as after the all star break, and I hope that Rizzo can be ready by then.

    2. Jp

      Thank you john, I was in a cold sweat hoping nothing bad.

  18. calicubsfan007

    So far, so good for Maholm. Trying not to jinx him (knocking on wood as I speak).

    1. Toby

      Quit hitting Travis

      1. calicubsfan007

        Heh, that’s funny… Nice one Toby. Didn’t even think of that.

  19. Cub Gone Wild

    My goodness its an interesting night on the comments board tonight. I hope the new hitting coach held batting practice today. Also hope he leaves Soriano alone for now.

    1. calicubsfan007

      Could one attribute Sori’s success so far this season to Jaramilo? More curiousity than anything else.

  20. calicubsfan007

    Since we are playing the series with Detriot now, I have been thinking about the possible trades with the Tigers. Can the best possible deal for Chicago right now be Garza for Cast and Smyly? Cubs have indicated that they want a young third baseman (which says a lot about their confidence in Vitters), Cast might be the best one that is possibly available (Excluding possibly Middlebrooks). And Smyly has done pretty well so far. I wonder if the Cubs should bite on that trade if Detroit gets a little more desperate.

    1. MichiganGoat

      I’m not sure Detriot is an a place to make a move, there are serious anger over Leyland here in Michigan and if they don’t get hot (playing the Cubs should help) there might be too much fear to make another big splash until everything else gets settled. I think they are more interested in getting another bat vs. pitching right now.

      1. calicubsfan007

        Fair point Michigan, could Sori be on their minds then? Btw, how did your summer school kids handle the ignorance quote?

        1. MichiganGoat

          Possibly but they think VMart might be back this year and I don’t think they want him if/when VMart returns. As for the quote I’ll collect journals on Thursday and let you know.

          1. nkniacc

            I think you maybe able to trade barney there but otherwise a pitcher is more likely than a hitter.

          2. calicubsfan007

            What difficulty English are you teaching? And you are a cool dude Michigan, sorry again for yelling at you a couple days ago…

            1. MichiganGoat

              Don’t apologize but thanks.

              I teach high school but specifically I teach “struggling” students. I just took a new position teaching incarcerated youth and expelled students at a specialized school. So many of my students test around a 5/6th grade level, and resist writing and reading.

              1. calicubsfan007

                My worst quality is overapologizing. Anyway… Dude, I bet that can be tough sometimes. Would take a ton of patience… But you did say it was fun.

                1. MichiganGoat

                  You can’t do this job if you don’t enjoy it, but yes it can be trying and frustrating. I still wouldn’t want to be doing anything else professionally.

                  1. calicubsfan007

                    I can totally respect that. I can’t be a teach. I would be too much like the Cheech and Chong Sister Mary Elephant screaming shut up. In my 20s, but love some Cheech and Chong.

  21. EricR

    Is Maholm a serious trade chip? Just seems weird to me that we just sign him and DeJesus and we’re already talking about dealing them.

    1. nkniacc

      Everyone but Shark and castro are avaliable at the right price

      1. calicubsfan007

        Are you sure that Castro isn’t available? And in available, I mean that the Cubs pretty much have to receive an entire farm system for Castro.

        1. Kyle

          I was thinking about that the other day. I wouldn’t find it to be completely, out-of-this-world stunning if the Cubs traded Castro. Theo traded Hanley Ramirez.

          But that said, SS is such a brutal position to fill, and we have so few positions locked down with long-term core pieces, it’d have to be an insane deal involving multiple awesome parts. I very much doubt any team would offer enough of an overpay.

          1. nkniacc

            He also traded hanley as a prospect not as a mlb player

          2. calicubsfan007

            Same wavelength there Kyle. I instantly thought of Hanley when Castro was mentioned. Theo has done crazier things, don’t be surprised by anything that happens on the deadline.

            1. nkniacc

              I think Vitters or lake could be traded this July. But trading Hanley was when he was a prospect and they were attempting to get Beckett I believe

              1. calicubsfan007

                You might know this nkniacc, I saw on SportsCenter’s top 10 either today or yesterday, they showed a Cubs’ minor league second baseman catching this ball in a ridiculous fashion. Was that Lake?

                1. nkniacc

                  No that was DeVoss

                  1. calicubsfan007

                    That was a helluva catch. Does he have a chance to reach the bigs, or is he going to be one of those likely career minor leaguers?

                    1. Jp

                      Devoss definetly has a chance to reach the bigs. His on OBP has been phenominal in his basically 1 year in the minors. Through about 100 games between this year and last he’s got an OBP over .400 and has stolen about 30 bases. He could be a really good leadoff hitter.

                    2. calicubsfan007

                      So, Michigan you seem to know a lot of Cubs stuff (btw the persistent line above was sarcasm on my part), what do you think of DeVoss?

    2. calicubsfan007

      A lot of people speculated that Maholm and DeJesus were signed for the short term, either to buy time for the youngsters to develop and/or to be traded at the deadline. Personally, this isn’t weird for me because we all knew what we were getting into when we got Theo. Theo has proven time and time again (H. Ram, Rizzo, etc) that no one is safe.

      1. mrmeyer2144

        The moves we’ve made have been for the long haul.  I like what Theo has done to this point.  We all knew comming into this season that it was going to be a tough one.  We all have to look toward the greater good and the long term for this team.

  22. RWakild

    I think in the national league, the way a pitcher handles the bat contributes to his wins. Malholm hasn’t had a sacrafice bunt since last July 4. Although I like Garza, he is almost as bad with the bat. Either get better or go to the american league.

  23. MichiganGoat

    Cali (thought we needed a new string to continue) I’m not very good with the minor leaguers that’s a good question for Luke but I think he’s someone to watch closely and has great potential.

    1. calicubsfan007

      Did you see that catch though on SC? Wow… I mean he became one of my new fav players in the Cubs in that moment. Please tell me you saw that! (sorry for the exclamation point)

  24. Cubs1967

    and james russell proves once again he is NOT sean marshall…………can’t get righties out to save his life or a lead……….

    1. calicubsfan007

      If you mean this game right now, I don’t think he’s not pitching right now. I think it’s Casey Coleman.

      1. calicubsfan007

        Nevermind, ignore my post there. Sorry. You were right.

  25. calicubsfan007

    Awwwwwww…… We had the lead….. Then we lost the lead…….

  26. mrmeyer2144

    Does anyone by chance know of anywhere I could find video of Soler bc I would love to see what he has.

    1. MichiganGoat

      Brett posted a link a few hours ago but I can’t find it now look through the previous articles in the comments

      1. mrmeyer2144

        Alright thanks I couldnt find anything really on youtube or other searches I saw one of him running the bases and he looks huge for a 20 year old

        1. MichiganGoat
          1. calicubsfan007

            I trust Bleacher Nation way more than I do trust Bleacher Report. I really read BR to laugh because they can be so wrong about some of their facts.

            1. MichiganGoat

              BleacherReport is a effin joke, unfortunately it didn’t become a big time site until after Brett created created BleacherNation it confuses many, many people

              1. calicubsfan007

                So many bleachers… trust the awesome one with facts or the one that focuses more on the “pretty” pictures and slideshows than the actual facts? So tough to decide (sarcasm). The guys at BR tend to just copy and paste from other articles.

          2. mrmeyer2144

            Thanks so much I hope he is the real deal. He looks like a true ball player. Gotta put all trust in Theo and Gang.

            1. calicubsfan007

              @ Mr Meyer: I have seen and heard many positive reviews about him. I have heard him being compared to Justin Upton.

  27. GoldFinch

    I think Clevenger is starting to come around! I really believe in his ability.

    1. calicubsfan007

      I agree. He’s a helluva player and I think he can be the Cubs catcher of the future.

      1. GoldFinch

        Thanks calicub, and I appreciate you standing tall by me with my”so called issues” by some posters.

        1. calicubsfan007

          No prob hombre (=

  28. Mike S

    Is Dempster to Dodgers for LHP Chris Reed…too much? too little? just right?

    Reed is their 5th best prospect.

    1. calicubsfan007

      Might be alright, but might be too little if the Dodgers don’t offer a low level prospect.

  29. calicubsfan007

    Camp closing again? Best of luck to him. Peralta really screwed the Tigers in the 8th.

    1. whiteflag

      The umpires made some questionable calls though….can’t be totally shouldered by him. But I’ll take it. Cubs Win!

  30. whiteflag

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I find it really refreshing the way sveum handles defensive positioning. I’ve never seen a cubs manager use so many shifts. I think he has the potential to be a really good manager in time. His staff is pretty good as well, especially McKay.

    1. Toby

      McKay has been one of the best coaching hires this year. Soriano’s improved defense can be attributed to him. It is still weird to see him without LaRussa.

      1. whiteflag

        I probably understated that with the pretty good. I totally agree, the defense seems to have improved greatly under this staff.