It’s the last Shark Attack of the season, as Jeff Samardzija’s season comes to a close tonight in Pittsburgh. Regardless of the outcome, it’s been a great first full year starting.

Shark gets a special treat for his finale – he’s batting 8th (with Tony Campana batting 9th).

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (52-86) at Pittsburgh Pirates (72-65), 6:05 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

Jeff Samardzija (8-13, 3.91 ERA, 3.67 FIP)


James McDonald (12-7, 3.90 ERA, 4.01 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Brock Holt, 2B

2. Starling Marte, LF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, 1B

5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

6. Alex Presley, RF

7. Clint Barmes, SS

8. Rod Barajas, C

9. James McDonald, 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. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Jeff Samardzija, P

9. Tony Campana, CF

  • Njriv

    I didn’t know Barney was allowed to bat twice in a row and share Shark’s spot in the order.

  • jim

    How long will that 100k season tix wait list last?

  • calicubsfan007

    Barney is so good, he gets to bat twice!

  • Steve

    I just put my name on the season ticket wiating list. I’m 43…and I hope I die before I get that acceptence letter in the mail.

  • Stevie B

    Wait…I orgot to sign in under my “new” name. The “other” Steve was giving me a bad name…..
    I forgot… I am now Stevie B…..

    • Fishin Phil

      I’d have gone with Stevie Ray, but that’s just me.

  • Steve

    I might do that…but whose this new Steve tool thats infected BN??

    • Dan


  • Flashfire

    Oh, good, it only hit Castro’s wrist. How can that possibly work against us.

  • IndyCubsFan

    Shark was a stud tonight!! Great game Cubbies!