Shark Attack!

(We gotta hang out hats on something, right?)

The Cubs get their first look at Mike Fiers tonight, who came out of nowhere to pitch pretty well so far this year. Anthony Rizzo gets the night off, as he’s really scuffling of late.

Game Info

Milwaukee Brewers (61-67) at Chicago Cubs (49-79), 7:05 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

Mike Fiers (7-6, 2.98 ERA, 2.65 FIP)


Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.09 ERA, 3.83 FIP)

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Norichika Aoki, RF

2. Rickie Weeks, 2B

3. Ryan Braun, LF

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Corey Hart, 1B

6. Jonathan Lucroy, C

7. Nyjer Morgan, CF

8. Jean Segura, SS

9. Mike Fiers, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Bryan LaHair, 1B

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • nkniacc13

    unbelieveal what a stupid lineup

    • J R

      disagree bro.. i like this lineup a bit. i wouldnt mind seeing jackson up to #2 though.

  • Stu

    Winning is meaningless. Tryouts for 2014.

    • cubmig

      We must keep reminding ourselves: “It’s audition time. It’s audition time. It’s audition time. It’s audition time. It’s audition time. It’s audition time.” Only by that will we protect a vulnerable sanity.

      • Brett

        I, too, see it that way (in my personal fandom), but in my writing, I have to maintain awareness that there is a huge swath of Cubs fans who will always put winning today’s game at the top of their must list, regardless of the other circumstances. For me, I’d just like to see what the young guys have, and see who might be a plausible option in the rotation/bullpen next year. The wins and losses at this point … eh. It’s probably time to start … accepting the losses.

        • Bill

          Agree, and don’t really get too worked up about lineups in Sep when the Cubs are out of the race. However, you know what Sveum says, something like “don’t pay much attention to what happens in Mar and Sep”. The play of youngsters in Sep should be taken with a grain of salt. These are meaningless games, with no pressure on the team (and the Chi media is focused on football, not baseball), and you are facing other teams who are playing little better than a AAA lineup.

          • Brett

            Indeed. We’ve all been fooled by too many hot Septembers. The goal is to watch the skills and development, I suppose, not the numbers.

            • Pat

              It’s also a chance to see where some of the players need improvement, and create offseason plans that ae focused where they need it most. And admit it, almost all of us will get encouraged (if not fooled) by somebody’s good showing in Sept. I always say I won’t, but on some level I always do, even if I know it’s irrational.

              • Brett

                You are correct.

  • Mysterious4th

    I wonder if LaHair still remember how to play 1b?