The Rockies aren’t particularly good at baseball this year, but neither are the Cubs. What could happen today?! No one knows! That’s the magic!

In fact, something as crazy as Joe Mather leading off could happen!

Game Info

Colorado Rockies (50-73) at Chicago Cubs (47-76), 1:20 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

Drew Pomeranz (1-7, 4.87 ERA, 4.60 FIP)


Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.17 ERA, 3.75 FIP)

Colorado Rockies Lineup

1. Charlie Blackmon, RF

2. Jonathan Herrera, SS

3. Jordan Pacheco, 1B

4. Carlos Gonzalez, LF

5. Ramon Hernandez, C

6. Tyler Colvin, CF

7. Chris Nelson, 3B

8. DJ LeMahieu, 2B

9. Drew Pomeranz, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Joe Mather, RF

2. Josh Vitters, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • Ben (BG2383)

    WOW, I was kind of excited about watching Samardzija and Pomeranz face each other but the Mather leading off kind of took the wind out of my sails :(

    • HuskerCub

      Yeah, I don’t think we are going to win many games with that line-up.

      • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

        I am assuming this is the point. This lineup is horrible. Watch them put up 20 after me saying this.

  • rbreeze

    I predict that the Cubs will win this series. Samardzija and TBA on saturday will be the difference. As for Mather leading off, its just Dale pulling out all the stops.

  • MikeL

    Might as well give Mather a shot at the top since just about every other lineup has failed the Cubs this year.

  • Mick6x

    If nobody can hit with runners on base does it really matter what the line up looks like! Maybe Shark should lead off

  • ramy16

    Dodgers just claimed Adrian Gonzalez off waivers! Crazy.. Also jacoby Ellsbury was put on waivers, hes a theo guy any possibilities?

    • Brett

      The former isn’t really a huge deal unless they actually can put together a trade (which is very hard, given that any players on the 40-man roster would have to clear waivers, too). The latter … no. Nothing there.

  • Ogyu

    I need something to cheer me up. Somebody please tell me who the Cubs will draft with the #2 pick next year? 😉

  • CubsFan4Life

    The Cubs “offense” is really getting hard to listen to. We are playing at Wrigley Field against the 3rd worse team in the MLB. Coloroado’s pitcher comes into the game with a 4.87 ERA, so of course he’s got a no hitter against the Cubs through the first 4 innings.

  • CubsFan4Life

    Thank you Soriano. That solo home run breaks up the no hitter and makes me feel better.

    • Flashfire

      And there’s Wellington. Great bat for a catcher.

      • Njriv


  • Njriv

    Anyone else have a mini heart attack when they saw MLBTR tweet. “Minor Moves: Cubs, Koyie Hill.”