Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

The Cubs will try to take the final game of this series against the Padres, with the old man in the rotation – Jeff Samardzija – on the bump. Alfonso Soriano returns to the lineup, thankfully, so his hand x-ray must have gone well.

Brett Jackson sits against the lefty (he actually hits lefties no worse than righties), and Josh Vitters gets his second start.

Fun fact: Clayton Richard was at one time a back-up quarterback at Michigan, so I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for him.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (43-65) at San Diego Padres (48-64), 5:35pm 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

Jeff Samardzija (7-9, 4.37 ERA, 3.62 FIP)


Clayton Richard (8-11, 4.01 ERA, 4.44 FIP)

San Diego Padres Lineup

1. Alexi Amarista, CF

2. Everth Cabrera, SS

3. Yonder Alonso, 1B

4. Chase Headley, 3B

5. Mark Kotsay, LF

6. Will Venable, RF

7. Logan Forsythe, 2B

8. John Baker, C

9. Clayton Richard, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Josh Vitters, 3B

8. Joe Mather, RF

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

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