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The Cubs took down the mighty Reds once already this series, which is about the total I would have expected for all four games. They’ve got three chances to go for the split (and then some).

Justin Germano will look to continue his streak of five-ish innings of decent pitching, and, hey, Josh Vitters gets a start against a righty.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (66-46) at Chicago Cubs (44-66), 1:20pm 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

Homer Bailey (9-7, 3.98 ERA, 2.63 K/BB)

versus

Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38 ERA, 3.50 K/BB)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Zack Cosart, SS

2. Drew Stubbs, CF

3. Brandon Phillips, 2B

4. Ryan Ludwick, LF

5. Xavier Paul, RF

6. Todd Frazier, 1B

7. Wilson Valdez, 3B

8. Devin Mesoraco, C

9. Homer Bailey, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Josh Vitters, 3B

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Justin Germano, P

  • Coldneck

    Vitters and Jacko – whoot.

  • Coolbeans

    Vosh Jitters!!

  • BD

    Now that we have a lefty for the middle of the order, why don’t we stack 3 righties in a row. I don’t understand why Castro/Rizzo can’t go 3/4 respectively.

    DeJesus/Barney/Castro/Rizzo/Soriano/Vitters/Jackson/Castillo

    Barring a trade, and including some occasional subs (emphasis on OCCASIONAL- here me Dale?), that should be the lineup for the rest of the season.

    • Kyle

      I completely agree. This is who I want to see playing the rest of the year. The only exception is Clevenger. I would still like to see him get some decent playing time along with Castillo.

      I don’t care about the batting order as much, Sveum can play around with that.

      • BD

        The lineup doesn’t matter as much to me, but I wonder why he’s so matchup conscience (see: Vitters/Valbuena, etc.), but then he has those 3 righties in a row.

        Who am I kidding- he probably puts the opposing starting pitcher into a computer program that gives him the “best” lineup for that day.

      • calicubsfan007

        @Kyle: I agree with the Cleve part. I want to see him play more. I really believe that he will get better with experience. As with Vitters.

    • Josh

      I’m already sick of watching Vitters and Jackson. They don’t take good AB’s. When Rizzo gets out, he at least gives the ball a ride. I mean I guess experience will only help them, so why not. But I honest;y don’t see either of them in the Cubs long term future. I’ll take Baez, Sczur, Soler, and Almora.

      • TWC

        Hawr.

        The bloom is (ever so slightly) off the rose, and the fan base reaches for the pruning shears.

        • GO CUBS GO

          I said the same thing before they were called up. The same thing happened at AAA. Not very good AB’s.

  • calicubsfan007

    I like the lineup. I think Germano will pitch more than 5 innings though. Just to prevent the bullpen from screwing up the lead.

  • Cee-Dee-Vee

    What a stop by Vitters! I hope you feel salty Dale! So far he’s already made 2 highlight reel plays

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Anyone know any free agents the cubs might interested in for a (Paul Maholm) buy low, sell high candidate at the trade deadline, we would possibly pick up in the offseason?

    • Flashfire

      Liriano for sure. Anibal Sanchez is really struggling with the Tigers.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Eh. I still think Sanchez is going to get a very healthy contract.

    • chirogerg

      How about BJ Upton?

  • RY34

    great defense this inning so far, two errors! geez

    • Flashfire

      Make that 3. Does the Barney streak end today?

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        I hope darwin barney wins a Gold Glove, but people always tend to vote for the guy who hit also A.K.A Brandon Phillips. Its a shame people do that

        • Flashfire

          Barney has been nothing short of spectacular at second but, as you say, once a guy like Brandon Phillips gets a reputation, it’s very hard to take it from him. (Remember how long it took Chico Lind to get one with Sandberg playing.)

  • Twiz

    make that three

  • RY34

    for the love of christ stop a god damn ground ball for christ sakes you bums

  • RY34

    lets see if castro kills this rally for the second time today. nice job soriano!!

  • hardtop

    fonzie! damn! not exactly getting our moneys worth, but i like it…. cant believe someone hasnt grabbed him.

  • nick cafardo

    Once the cubs hand over soler and mcnuts to complete the theo compensation the sox may have interest in taking rizzo back if the cubs pay his salary.

    • Ogyu

      *yawn*

      • Fishin Phil

        agreed

        • TWC

          Yeah, this shtick was old the first time he posted.

      • Boogens

        Forgive him, guys. He has a physical shortcoming that he tries to overcome by trolling.

    • Dan

      troll

  • Flashfire

    That may have been the worst play I have seen in around 30 years of watching baseball. Horrendous.

    • Turn Two

      You must not have been watching the Brant Brown play.

  • Turn Two

    Phillips want to use silly decoys, plunk him- im tired of embarassing plays.

  • Kyle

    Castro, Vitters, Rizzo, and Jackson with errors today… The future awaits!

  • cubmig
  • Scott

    Brett, when will the winner for the ticket be announced?

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