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The lineup is slightly less likely to be the focal point of tonight’s game, though it is the “new” lineup with Bryan LaHair in right field, and David DeJesus in center field. And, hey, Adrian Cardenas finally draws a start at second. Darwin Barney was due for a night off.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (24-46) at Arizona Diamondbacks (35-35), 9:10pm CT on CSN, MLBN.

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 (4-5, 4.88 ERA, 1.319 WHIP)

versus

Ian Kennedy (5-7, 4.13 ERA, 1.287 WHIP)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. Willie Bloomquist, SS

2. Aaron Hill, 2B

3. Justin Upton, RF

4. Jason Kubel, LF

5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

6. Miguel Montero, C

7. Chris Young, CF

8. Ryan Roberts, 3B

9. Ian Kennedy, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Bryan LaHair, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Geovany Soto, C

7. Steve Clevenger, 1B

8. Adrian Cardenas, 2B

9. Paul Maholm, P

  • Spencer

    I have a good feeling about tonight.

    • Leroy K.

      “he’s got a feeling! Cancel the coffee, get me what Spencer’s drinking!”

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Why not combine your needs when watching late night Cubs games (i.e., caffeine and alcohol), and drink a coffee stout?

    • MichiganGoat

      I highly suggest Founders Breakfast Stout, the best coffee stout around.

      • Spencer

        Sick

        • MichiganGoat

          Sick good or sick bad, it’s an amazing series of coffee stouts. The Canadian and Kentucky Breakfast Stouts are some of the best rated beers in the US.

          • ProfessorCub

            Kentucky Breakfast = A+

            • MichiganGoat

              Ever had the Canadian version I still have two bottles form 2011 that are aging

              • ProfessorCub

                No, but I’ll have to try it. Maybe we can break those out when we get the WS win!

                • MichiganGoat

                  It’s only in the tap room and limited 750ml bottles. Last year I waited in line for six hours to get six bottles. The benefits of living close to a brewery like Founders.

                  • GoldFinch

                    Good for you!

                  • ProfessorCub

                    Goat, your dedication is admirable. I think we’re kindred spirits.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Thanks I love being a few miles from a place as glorious as founders I can watch them brew the beer and then drink their work. Plus there are about 50 brews made each year that never get bottled. It’s a great place to frequent.

                • bluekoolaidaholic

                  Geez, I get in enough trouble on blue koolaid. Can you imagine what would happen if I had Kentucky Stout? You would see the flight of the bumblebee and then flat line.

                  • MichiganGoat

                    Nah you’d just reach the nirvana of great beer tasting.

    • ProfessorCub

      Doc, your words always communicate a deep truth…something universal…truly, you are wise.

    • baldtaxguy

      Sound advice.

      Looking forward to the “new” lineup and if a win tonight, would this line-up be 3 – 0? Can’t recall Game three of the Sox series – I blocked it (successfully) from the memory bank.

      Have good thoughts for Soriano tonight..

       

  • Leroy K.

    Today’s blast from the past Chicago Cub??? Felix Heredia!!!! Everyone remember him?

    • Jimmy james

      Remember him I’m wearing his jersey right now….

      • Leroy K.

        not something I would care to admit lol….

        • Jimmy James

          well i suppose i could change into my brant brown jersey

    • dabynsky

      I remember him and I certainly remember the guy we got back when we traded him to Toronto.

  • Cerambam

    ^ Best lineup of the year

  • Rev. Bud Green

    Two Cubs I miss Glen Allen Hill and Randel Simon. Hill could hit them across the street and Simons when he said he dident come have way around the world to walk. One o the best. Bad ball hitters I ever saw.

  • Dumpgobbler

    Wow. Forgot we still had Cardenas. Good for him stealing a start out of Dale.

  • Jp

    Wow never thought I’d see the day where we’d have a journeyman 3B(Louis V) batting 5th protecting our overpaid cleanup hitter. I think I’m going to cry

  • calicubsfan007

    This lineup actually looks promising. Cleve, LaHair and DeJesus are definetly going to help this go round.

    • GoldFinch

      I think you’re right bro.

  • calicubsfan007

    Anyone have any idea how the Cubs will open the roster spot for Rizzo to come up? I mean, I am aware that the Soriano trade is the most obvious, but what are the other options?

    • @cubsfantroy

      I’m hoping for the release of Baker lol.

      I think it should be known that I am a Baker hater.

      • calicubsfan007

        Cubsfantroy: You and me both hombre (=. Don’t get how that no talent punk is on a MLB team period.

        • @cubsfantroy

          I’ve said it on here before, but I wouldn’t care if he broke every single season batting record and single handedly got the Cubs to the WS and won it with a game winning home run in the ninth. I would still hate him.

  • http://bleachernation.com lou brock lives

    Great news from Daytona Cubs – RHP Robert Whitenack rehabbing from Tommy John surgery threw 5 scoreless innings of 3 hit ball tonight against a lineup that included Plillies 2B Chase Utley who is also rehabbing.

    • baldtaxguy

      Nice, thanks for the info

  • calicubsfan007

    The hiatus sounds like such a good idea right now. I really think that I will leave for a few weeks. I am tired of trying to keep people from wanting to kill each other. Sigh…

    • MichiganGoat

      Don’t do that, just rise above the ruckus and have quality discussions with quality people. Ive been a regular for over two years, when each post got about 20 comments. Ive had the pleasure to get to know Brett and work as a moderator for the message board. BN needs your support, stick around.

  • @cubsfantroy

    I can’t watch the game tonight which sucks, so I guess I will be following it on gameday while watching movies.

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    Trade baker to sweeten up a deal and an extra prospect or two

    • @cubsfantroy

      I agree with this ^^ 100 percent.

    • Carew

      Thats my only hope

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    Our best pitching prospects are having arm problems.

    examples: ben wells: T. J.
    Trey mcnutt: sore elbow bad wrist
    whitenack: t. J.
    Dilton Maples: ?

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    game started hope maholm pitches a gem to raise his trade value

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    IT IS 104 DEGREES. IN ARIZONA

    • GoldFinch

      Actually my aunt says the temp on the thermometer has reached 106!

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    Things not looking to good hope it is not 5 run 1st

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    Am I the only one here?

    • MichiganGoat

      Sorry, drama kinda scared a few away.

      • Toby

        Did you see that line drive that Clevenger hit? He took two steps toward first and just stopped. He should be gone.

        • MichiganGoat

          MOAR that lazy, worthless turd!

        • Carew

          The torches and pitchforks are comin out

          • MichiganGoat

            When I Played t-ball we ran out every hit, MOAR a pro should do the same RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE

        • Toby

          I blame Sveum for that lack of hustle. Sveum should have been fired after game #1. Now Sandberg’s team would have clinched the division after game #1.

          • MichiganGoat

            Yeah Ryno would have already won the WS

          • Toby

            I also blame Sveum for not teaching Soriano to stay on his feet when he makes a catch. How dare he run full speed and dive. Complete amateur move by the mgr.

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    Anyone out there?

  • Toby

    Yank Clevenger out of there. How dare he stop running on that line drive to third.

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    Show yourselves cubbies

    • calicubsfan007

      HERE I AM!!! (=(=(=

  • Carew

    Watchin it on MLBN and theyre usin the Dbacks announcers..theyre actually good to listen to

    • calicubsfan007

      Carew: Yep, Gracie broadcasts for them. Good to watch and listen to.

      • Jp

        The old slumpbuster. Grace has forgotten more awesome stories than we’ll ever hear. And to your point MG it depends on the fictitious date Ryno wouldve been hired? If he wouldve been hired last year, only 1 W’S to this point. 5 years ago he’d have 5 rings by now

        • Toby

          For a long stretch, the Cubs have had some really good first basemen in my lifetime. Madlock to Buckner to Durham to Grace

          • baldtaxguy

            I believe Madlock played 3B

          • GoldFinch

            Madlock played 3rd. He did play some first.

          • Toby

            I just remember him at first.

            • Toby

              You’re right he was only a 3b for Cubs, but played 1b for the Giants. Pirates, and Dodgers.

          • GoldFinch

            LOL! That’s good. Even got me!

    • Toby

      Usually they do use the home team’s announcers for the MLB TV broadcast. They are nice to listen to because they actually stay pretty neutral.

      • ferrets_bueller

        …unless its a White Sox game, lol.

        • Carew

          I noticed that. No joke

  • Kevin
  • Carew

    I think Sveum is getting absolutely sick of some of this crap, just based on facial expressions

  • Carew

    Maholm!!

    • Carew

      Nevermind. He blows hard

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Do think Starlin Castro is coming up on a Andrew McCutchen type contract coming up in the next year or so? A six-year, $51.5 million contract extension. The Pirates have a $14.75 million option for a seventh season. I would try knot him up to one of those contracts in a heart beat, I feel McCutchen’s contract is very team friendly. I know frankly I think McCutchen is a better hitter then Castro even though Castro is younger, but I feel that Castro is more valuable because he plays SS and good hitting shortstops are at a premium. I feel if he had to be moved to 2nd base for lack of defense I feel his value drops a considerable amount. What do you guys think Starlin is worth? I would love it to ideally lock him up to a 7 year $63 million dollar deal with an extra $15 million club option year. I think if he would be willing to sign it would be a great club friendly contract that would give him a huge pay raise and security. You think he would sign for that or do you think it would cost more?

    • GoldFinch

      Nope. Castro is not eligible for free agency till 2017.

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        The longer you wait resign Castro the more those million to stack up in his pocket for when we do resign him and he’ll cost more. I think they should definitely try moving toward locking him up long term but only if he agrees to sign on semi team friendly contract like McCutchen. Just think about it, star these days want to get paid $15 million a year contracts and if signed him now you could lock him up for 7 years at $9-$10 million as compared to $15-$17 million that usually a star shortstop will make. Troy Tulowitzki is going to be making $16 ml at age 29 and then the next 5 years after that he will be making $20 million a year! Thats the market for star Shortstops these days. If I could sign Castro to a 10 year $110-120 million contract that be a steal because you could lock him up for 10 years for around $11 million a year and have him all through his prime up until to age 33. I doubt castro would sign for that though because he knows he could make more. But that would be a bargain.

        • GoldFinch

          Now you got me thinkin! Yes, if it plays out like that.

    • cubchymyst

      I agree the earlier we sign Starlin to a long term extension the more club friendly it will likely be. Talk of a move to 2nd base is a bit premature. His defense this year has improved since last year and he is young enough to expect a continued improvement over the next few years.

    • baldtaxguy

      I’m guessing it would be more like $75 for that term, but I agree it would be a good idea to attempt sooner than later.

  • Jp

    Raise your hand if you saw he trio of Maholm, Cardenas, and Dejesus going 6 for 7, HR and double included. Did not see that coming

    • Jimmy james

      Hand raised, but than I have a crystal ball so it’s kind of cheating

  • AJ

    The last two games are really starting to make a guy wonder if Sveum is the guy who will be managing when the cubs are actually competing.

    • GoldFinch

      He won’t be.

    • GoldFinch

      From what I heard, it was merely chance Sveum got hired.(got the smallest toothpick)

  • AJ

    So you think he’s just the yes man until they can get a real manager? Your probably a Ryno lover.

    • GoldFinch

      Oh I love Ryno! But I don’t see Ryno ever being in the Cubs organization again.

  • AJ

    If drawing the short straw got me a 3 year deal and the millions to go along with it sign me up.

    • GoldFinch

      It’s a shame, isn’t it.

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      Haha I feel ya man. If I could just play the game for a few years at the league minimum I would be living the dream. Just go to the ball park everyday and play a game for my living. That is a gift I wish god gave me

      • GoldFinch

        Get ready for work Monday, and be on time!(just kidding)

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