The Cubs, on the rare occasion that they win a series this year, have had a thing for winning the first two games, before dropping the third. So, I kind of like their chances today. But not tomorrow.

Matt Garza will look to continue a solid stretch of starts, and Bryan LaHair finally gets a start against a lefty.

Game Info

Houston Astros (32-45) at Chicago Cubs (27-49), 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

J.A Happ (6-7, 4.83 ERA, 3.87 xFIP)


Matt Garza (3-6, 4.06 ERA, 3.55 xFIP)

Houston Astros Lineup

1. Jordan Schafer, CF

2. Jed Lowrie, SS

3. Carlos Lee, 1B (but he could be gone to the Dodgers by game time)

4. Brian Bogusevic, RF

5. Chris Johnson, 3B

6. Jason Castro, C

7. J.D. Martinez, LF

8. Scott Moore, 2B

9. J.A. Happ, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Brian LaHair, RF

6. Geovany Soto, C

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Matt Garza, P

  • nosup4u

    Play Campana

    • Jesse

      Til Soriano’s gone dont expect it..

    • hansman1982

      Yes please play a guy with a .320 career Obp, no power, no glove and only one skill over Soriano, DeJesus, lahair.

      • Carew

        But that skill is exciting

      • RY34

        great point, keep campy on the bench.

  • Carew

    Hot damn its about time LaHair is in there

  • Brett

    Volstad is getting the start on Tuesday, by the way.

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      Well we can already chalk up the cubs down 4 runs in the bottom of 1st

      • djriz

        Isn’t it down 1 run after the first, down 6 after 4?

  • gocatsgo2003

    ESPN’s bottom line reporting that Carlos Lee no longer willing to waive his no trade clause. Ouch.

    • Jack Weiland

      Saw that. Awesome news for the Cubs.

    • TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo

      Brilliant. Might actually turn out to be a good thing for the Dodgers.

  • rocky8263

    Why wouldn’t lee want the trade?

    • Quintz

      Food is way too healthy in LA for him…..and those Dodger dogs are barely edible.

    • 100 Years of Tears

      So he can DH next year.

  • Ben

    Glad to see Scott Moore get a start. I met him when he was in AA (Cubs org) and got an autograph and talked to him for a while. He was a super nice kid. I then went to the Southern League All-Star game later that year and he crushed a homerun.

  • RWakild

    Hooray. Sveum didn’t start the lineup that has won 4 games all year. A welcome change for sure.

  • RY34

    heres hoping that castro sees more than 9 pitches today, work the freakin count kid!

  • Patrick G

    Would ya look at this…..LaHair in vs. a lefty

  • RY34

    another average lefty mesmerizing us……

  • Toby

    scratch Baltimore as a place for Soriano. They just acquired Thome.