We’ll see about this one. The weather is currently holding out.

Game Info

San Francisco Giants (74-58) at Chicago Cubs (51-80), 12:05 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

Tim Lincecum (7-14, 5.30 ERA, 2.28 K/BB)


Justin Germano (2-4, 5.91 ERA, 3.67 K/BB)

San Francisco Giants Lineup

(This isn’t the Giants’ actual lineup. I had to schedule this post before I hit the road today, so this is a meager guess. If the lineup comes out and someone is inclined to post it in the comments, I’d be much obliged.)

1. Angel Pagan, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, 2B

3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

4. Buster Posey, 1B

5. Hunter Pence, RF

6. Hector Sanchez, C

7. Xavier Nady, LF

8. Brandon Crawford, SS

9. Tim Lincecum, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Luis Valbuena, 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. Justin Germano, P

  • Jesse

    I wouldnt mind if someone took out Theriot with a nice take out slide.

    • notcubbiewubbie

      what did theriot do to the cubs besides go to arbitration against the moronic jim hendry? glad he and fontenot got rings.

    • Joepoe321

      What are the roster moves?

  • mudge

    only the elite arms make it to 40 starts without a victory.

    • mudge

      nothing like inserting a joke in the wrong thread.

  • Flashfire

    Our lead over the Rockies is starting to look tenuous here. We need some losses! (Tongue halfway into my cheek.)

    • TonyP

      I hope we win out and finish 82-80

  • Flashfire

    Now that’s how you defend a draft pick with style, Justin.

  • anotherjp

    This looks like it could very well be our opening day starting lineup in 2013.

    • Flashfire

      Valbuena could change. Which would put Darwin into the #2 slot. Which would start the “when does Logan Watkins get called up” talk if he lights up the PCL.

      • hansman1982

        Darwin Barney should never be allowed anywhere near the top 7 slots in the lineup After may 15

  • notcubbiewubbie

    i wish someone would teach castillo how to catch a pitched ball. he just cost germano 4 runs in the first inning cause he didn’t frame strike three. always sets up off the inside corner also. no way this guy can be our catcher unless he is taught how to receive a major league pitch and how to frame a pitch. three words brutal brutal and more brutal.

  • nkniacc13

    Braves aquire Baker fom Det

    • Flashfire

      And the Braves have re-united the Wonder Twins (Johnson and Baker). Hopefully, for them, they take the form of a World Series ring.

      • mudge

        Probably as likely as them turning into pumpkins.

  • die hard

    Aramis Ramirez and our Soriano have one thing in common. They play best when no pennant race pressure. So why would any team playing for playoff spot want Soriano even if Cubs pick up 99% of salary?

    • mudge

      Playoff run of 2008, Soriano hit 13 home runs in September. Aramis Ramirez, well, who wants to take this? “He’s an elite hitter in this league.” – Lou Piniella. And he still is.

  • Josh

    Soriano is on pace for 100 RBI’s in the one of the worst lineups in all of baseball. Imagine if the people in front of him actally got on base.

    • Flashfire

      Or we could just say his OPS+ is currently 116, his highest since 2008. He’s having a great season — especially given how awful he was into May.

  • True(ly) Blue

    I don’t understand the anger some posters have for ex Cub players. I liked Theriot and I liked Fontanot (Sp?) when they were here. I thought they both played hard and up to their abilities. They were not All Stars but they played hard. Not so Rameriz at third but he was the much better player. Even Baker worked at his game as best he could. You can’t and shouldn’t get down on players who work hard at their craft but don’t have the innate talent to be a super star. ???????????

    • Coldneck

      But they weren’t good at baseball.

      • MIkeL


        I am really getting sick of the argument of “I liked player X bec
        ause he played hard!!!!!” Look, if all of us were given a contract by the Cubs tomorrow,
        we would all play our butts off….but the team would probably go 0-162. Yes, effort and heart are important…but so is talent. Theriot, fontenot, and Colvin did not have enough talent and none of them would’ve improved the cubs record.

    • MIkeL

      I also wanted to mention that Ryan Theriot has not been shy about bashing the cubs or cubs fans since he left the organization….as a matter of fact, he does it every chance he gets….he sort of reminds me of mark grace.

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    Fact: Ryan Theriot is a career .280 hitter, Barney is currently hitting .253, maybe we ought to concern ourselves more with our current problems rather than worrying about former Cubs.

    • Drew7

      There are plenty of second basemen I’d take over Barney, but Theriot is certainly not one of them.

    • Scotti

      Fact: comparing a hitter’s career BA to another’s current BA is misleading. Ryan Theriot is no longer a half way decent hitter. Since 2012 (the year Theriot was traded and the year Barney first came up) Barney actually has an OPS+ higher than Theriot. And while Barney has scuffled this year so has Theriot.

      Re. concerning ourselves with former players… If a player takes digs at the Cubs, Cub fans, Chicago and/or Wrigley after they leave–particularly while professing their love for Cubdom while a Cub–there is nothing wrong with really disliking that player. When Wood left the Cubs he was nothing but class. When ARam left he didn’t go overboard negative. Mark Grace and Ryan Theriot left nasty messages on our voice mail.

      • OCCubFan

        Scotti, I concur with your comments. The poster that started this stated he didn’t understand the “hatred”. I agree with that. “Really disliking” a person for his (controllable) actions of the sort you mention is okay, but hatred is extreme. Save that for Adolf Hitler.

        Furthermore, hating a person for lack of skill is out of place. These guys made the major leagues and are far, far better than us or most ballplayers. Sure, we are disappointed they weren’t a lot better players, but going from disappointment to hatred is overreacting to say the least.

  • http://www.sportsdanny.com Sportsdanny

    Fact:Ryan Theriot is not a very good baseball player –