Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters are with the Cubs, but only Jackson is starting today. I wouldn’t read much into that, though, as the Iowa Cubs played pretty late last night. Could be any number of reasons Vitters isn’t starting today. He will be come tomorrow.

The lineup is pretty interesting with Jackson in it. He slots into the second spot, with Starlin Castro moving all the way down to fifth. I’m not sure I like that, long-term, but, for now, I suppose it makes some sense.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (43-62) at Los Angeles Dodgers (58-50), 3:10pm 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

Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.375 WHIP)


Joe Blanton (8-9, 4.59 ERA, 1.193 WHIP)

Los Angeles Dodgers Lineup

1. Shane Victorino, LF

2. Marc Ellis, 2B

3. Matt Kemp, CF

4. Andre Ethier, RF

5. Hanley Ramirez, SS

6. James Loney, 1B

7. Luis Cruz, 3B

8. A.J. Ellis, C

9. Joe Blanton, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Brett Jackson(!), CF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Justin Germano, P

  • Cee-Dee-Vee

    Sveum, you were supposed to put someone that makes contact in there to pinch hit in that situation…and you put the guy who hasn’t hit a ball in the past month. Smart….

  • todd

    Or atleast put someone to sacrifice. My god

  • Dan


  • Jeff


  • thejackal

    rizzzzzzzooooo 4 president

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Two blown saves for both teams today.

  • die hard

    Looks like Sveum is listening to some of our get Castro down further in lineup ….5th is not 6th but better than 1-4

    • Carew

      He wont be in that spot forever. Hes a natural top-of-the-order hitter

      • die hard

        he doesnt have the speed or discipline to be 1-2…doesnt have the power to be 345…6-7 is where he belongs

        • Carew

          He certainly has the hit tool to be in the 2-3 spot and he aint a slouch on the basepaths. Hes not campana but hes not LaHair either. Hes a good mid-range speed type, will get ya 20 steals. And its obvious he is working on his patience and situational hitting. Plus hes young enough to compete at a high level while improving on what needs work

  • http://Bleachernation Jay

    RizzOMG…..strikes again!!! Huge man crush!!

  • someday…2015?

    Rizzo for NL ROY!!! Start the campaign ASAP!

  • Dan

    You have one of the most popular Cubs blogs on the internet, please start a active campaign trying to get support for ‘Rizzo NL Rookie of the Year’. If any die-hard Cubs fan could drum up support for Rizzo, it’s you.

    Remember- “With great power, Comes great responsibly.”

    • Brett

      If he does this for another few weeks, I’ll be banging that drum loudly and persistently.

  • thejackal

    god plz marmol dnt blow this game

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Well, you got your wish…..

      • JP cubed

        Yeah this one had a classic marmol collapse written all over it, he should thank Camp for blowing it before he could get in there

  • Brian Peters

    Damn!! I missed the Rizzo jack!

  • JP cubed

    All these blown saves and marmol has yet to pitch. Should be entertaining

  • Chris S

    Can barely hear Len and Bob…

  • thejackal


  • Sam

    Oh well…

    1 game closer to the Astros at least.

  • Bill In Plainfield

    I’m sooooooo glad to see Vitters and Jackson up. Throw them into the fire and see if they’re worth being on this team next year. If Vitters can fit in with Barney, Castro, and Rizzo that infield will be special. Jackson, DeJesus, and Soriano isn’t too bad of an outfield. You add some starting pitching to that lineup, and things can be looking up for 2013! As the late great Randy ‘The Macho Man’ Savage use to say; “DIG IT! YEAH!” By the way, how do I put a profile picture on my posts?

    • Dan