Brooks Raley makes his Major League debut tonight for the Cubs, and it couldn’t be a more favorable matchup – the Padres, at Petco. I’m not expecting domination, but success will come with a grain of salt. Failure, a head shake.

Also of note: Josh Vitters grabs some bench again. It’s just three games, but that’s one start against a lefty, two bench jobs against righties. I’ll give it another week or so before I go off, but I don’t like the way this is going.

Alfonso Soriano was a late scratch (sore hand from getting spike on the bases last night), so Bryan LaHair gets a start in left, which temporarily puts Starlin Castro back in the three-hole, and Anthony Rizzo in the clean-up spot.



Game Info

Chicago Cubs (43-64) at San Diego Padres (47-64), 9:05pm 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

Brooks Raley (0-0, -.– ERA, Probably Nice Smile)

versus

Ross Ohlendorf (3-2, 6.27 ERA, 1.741 WHIP)

San Diego Padres Lineup

1. Chris Denorfia, RF

2. Logan Forsythe, 2B

3. Chase Headley, 3B

4. Carlos Quentin, LF

5. Jesus Guzman, 1B

6. Cameron Maybin, CF

7. Everth Cabrera, SS

8. John Baker, C

9. Ross Ohlendorf, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, LF

2. Brett Jackson, CF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

5. Bryan LaHair, RF

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Brooks Raley, P


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