I have been trying to write this Pre-Gamin’ for two hours, but stuff keeps happening!

Ok. So the Cubs are playing a baseball game tonight against the Pirates. We’ll keep listening for Ryan Dempster news, but, unless it’s announced in the next 30 minutes (doubtful, given that Dempster was throwing in the bullpen before the game, per his usual routine), I don’t expect to hear anything during the game.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (38-56) at Pittsburgh Pirates (54-40), 6:05pm 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

Jeff Samardzija (6-8, 4.57 ERA, 3.67 FIP)


Erik Bedard (5-10, 4.55 ERA, 4.01 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Alex Presley, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, RF

5. Casey McGehee, 1B

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Rod Barajas, C

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. Erik Bedard, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Jeff Baker, RF

6. Geovany Soto, C

7. Joe Mather, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • nkniacc13

    anyone in this starting lineup gong o be trade but the 31st?

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

      4 guys in the line up that could be traded. I know everyone knows those names.

  • Carew

    Hey guys look! There’s this thing called a game(?) tonight

  • baldtaxguy

    Smarj is looking smooth, in command

  • Drew7

    This thread seems way too lonely…

    Gotta love that start from Shark. Good to see him continue to put June in the rearview mirror.

  • calicubsfan007

    Anything seems small compared to 500 comments (unless the trade actually happens, then 500 seems lonely). The Shark attack is back!