Welcome to Ozzie, to Carlos, and the Marlins. It would be awesome to see Ozzie come out and argue a call (a Zambrano pinch hit non-homer, for example), get the boot, and lose his stuff on the way out of the game. The theater! The theater!

Game Info

Miami Marlins (43-46) at Chicago Cubs (36-52), 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

Anibal Sanchez (4-6, 4.12 ERA, 3.43 FIP)


Travis Wood (4-3, 3.05 ERA, 4.69 FIP)

Miami Marlins Lineup

1. Jose Reyes, SS

2. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

3. Carlos Lee, 1B

4. Justin Ruggiano, RF

5. Hanley Ramirez, 3B

6. Austin Kearns, LF

7. Omar Infante, 2B

8. John Buck, C

9. Anibal Sanchez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Bryan LaHair, RF

6. Geovany Soto, C

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • nkniacc13

    Lets get a couple hit Soto then send you to the Nats

  • Leroy K.

    Let’s go Cubs…make it 5 tonight!!!!

  • CubsFan4Life

    With Travis Wood pitching for the Cubs tonight, I don’t think Ryan Dempster will be batting 9th.

    • Wester

      You didn’t hear? The NL instituted the designated hitter, and Dempster is the best option on our bench.

      • Austin

        Sad thing is, you are probably right.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I had Ryan Dempster on the brain. Can’t imagine why…

      • CubsFan4Life

        I think you just wanted Dempster to get a few hits tonight to increase his trade value to NL teams. Good plan.

  • Drew7

    Not that I’m a Campana fan, but it really surprises me that he’s been left to rot on the end of the bench for the last few weeks. What’s the point?

    • Falselife

      I’m with you. I guess they are just writing him off as a lost cause at this point…or biding time until a spot opens up.

      I know he has serious flaws, but he isn’t going to shore up those weaknesses on the bench.

      • rcleven

        When a player only has only one tool he is a luxury not a necessity to the team

        • Drew7

          Oh I definitely agree, I’m just not sure why you’d waste the roster spot (I don’t feel like he ever should’ve had one).

  • TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo

    So far Turner looks terrible… Price dropping per pitch…

    • Wester

      Boom, 4 runs already…well take him for Barney straight up now…I kid…

      • Gcheezpuff

        Awesome!!! I laughed out loud.

    • Falselife

      4 batters faced.
      3 hits. 1 walk. 4 earned runs.
      Wouldn’t wish that on Carlos Silva.

    • TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo

      Hate to root against a guy but for his long term place as a cub at a good price I’ll make an exception tonight

      • Falselife

        Sportsline game chat is blowing up with people hoping they can move him for Dempster. I think it’s premature to think this affects his long term value, but I imagine trade talks are brutal…anything that can be used to devalue a player will be used.

        • TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo

          Tigers need to win now. Owner getting up there in years… I’ll take Turner as a long term asset for Garza+another prospect or Dempster any day

          • nkniacc13

            Its got to be hard to be called up to pitch an important game with your name in trade rumors and knowing that if ou don’t pitch that well your going to go back to AAA after the start. The Angels offensive is pretty good keep that in mind

  • Mitch

    7 runs in two innings. Definitely not ready for the bigs yet.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    I would like to see the Cubs go get Schoop from the Orioles. I think this would be fair. Dempster and Johnson to the Orioles for Schoop, Schrader, and Drake. That would be a haul. Maybe throw in one low level prospect on the Orioles side and I think that deal would get done.

  • TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo

    Pirates have a chance to win the division outright with Votto out and their GM is recently on the record that no one is untouchable. Garza for Taillon straight up. Winner trade for both sides.

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      Make it Gerrit Cole and you got a deal for Garza=)

      • AD

        Why would you do that trade? Cole is unproven where as Garza is a legit #2 or #3 starter in the major leagues. Garza is only going to get moved for at least two, probably three highly touted prospects.

        • Josh

          Cole is about as highly touted as it gets.

        • TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo

          The reason is simple both those guys are under control for many years and if they live up to their potential the FLOOR is a 3. Garza you have for one more year without paying him 15-20 a year and the team is not ready to challenge for a title…

  • I’ll Protect You Theo

    Theo Epstein’s stalker was arrested. Horray!! Now to focus on the trade deadline. Don’t mess with my boy Theo!


  • djriz

    Did anyone see Law’s article on Farm systems on the rise? I’m not an insider, but wondered if he mentioned the Cubs.

    • TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo

      No he didn’t: Astros, A’s and Red Stockings

      • djriz


        • Mitch

          he did comment later that additions of soler and amora improved team but regression of jackson and I think McNutt (not sure) offset it some.

  • nkniacc13

    Does anyone agree with me in thinking that the Cubs have to get atleast 1 pitcher that can step into the rotation if they trade, Demp, Garza annd maholm?

    • baldtaxguy

      “Have to” for what reason?

    • Mitch

      Not so much this year as next. Cubs haven’t been very competitive with a decent starting rotation this year if they don’t get some decent starters for next year it could be really ugly. The worse the rotation this year the better draft pick they get (but I always root for them to win first)

  • rcleven

    Going to need one if not two.

  • Cub Gone Wild

    Soto Garza and Cardenas to the Rays for Sheilds and Prospects

    • Turn Two

      This is very random and it includes a struggling/aging pitcher for a potential ace. Have we entered Paul Sullivan’s wacky trade requests?

  • The Dude Abides

    how about we trade Garza back to Rays for the prospects we gave them the first time…

    • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

      That would be shocking from their standpoint in this hypothetical situation. He was cheaper back then with more years of control and younger. There is no reason to automatically assume we should come out ahead or even. I think we will, but any trade we do will have 0 bearing on the trade we did to get him.

  • Cub Gone Wild

    That works … archer…. yes

  • Gcheezpuff

    Hendry at Wrigley tonight. I wonder if there is any significance or if he just wanted to swing by and see Ozzie and Big Z? He works for the yanks now, but not wire what he does.

    • Bric

      Same thing he did for the Cubs- schmooze and act like he’s better than everybody. Remember that picture of him with Pujols? The dude just loves P.R.

  • stillmisskennyhubbs

    I just got in and noticed that Barney was taken out and Gameday referred to an injury delay that inning. Did he get hurt? Thanks…

    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      Don’t believe so. I thought he was double switched out, but to be honest my attention has waned since the Carlos Lee grand slam.

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      I dont know but I was thinking it had something to do with a trade… Tigers???

      • stillmisskennyhubbs

        Where did you hear that?

  • Rich

    How about a breth-o-lyzer before the guest conductor rambles the stretch?

    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      You trying to prevent Sutcliffe from doing the stretch ever?

  • Rich

    Oh sorry Sutcliff is the exception.