The Cubs are going for the sweep(!) today, which would really put a big ‘ole crimp in the Pirates’ playoff plans. If spoiler’s all you got, you play it, but I sure wish it wasn’t the Pirates on the receiving end. Why can’t it be the freaking Cardinals?

A bunch of the young bench guys get starts against the lefty Locke (plus Joe Mather leading off, because that has always made sense). Anthony Recker gets his first start with the Cubs behind the plate.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (53-86) at Pittsburgh Pirates (72-66), 12:35 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Chris Rusin (0-2, 9.00 ERA, 8.27 FIP)


Jeff Locke (0-1, 4.82 ERA, 3.32 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Brock Holt, 2B

2. Starling Marte, LF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, RF

5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Michael McKenry, C

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. Jeff Locke, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Joe Mather, CF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Josh Vitters, 3B

7. Dave Sappelt, RF

8. Anthony Recker, C

9. Chris Rusin, P

  • nkniacc13

    like this lineup

    • Professional_High_A

      with mather leading off? can’t tell if serious…

      • DocPeterWimsey

        And Barney #2? You basically are giving the opposition two quick outs to start the game.

        With this lineup, I’d go Rizzo, Soriano, Castro, Out, Out, Out, Out, Out, Pitcher. That way you’d get what little offense you have to bat the maximum number of times. (There is all too high a probability that the game will end with Castro getting fewer PAs than Mather or Barney, and that’s just wrong.)

      • Tommy

        Mather’s on base percentage for today’s game .500. Maybe Sveum knew what he was doing after all!

        • Tommy

          Correction… .600.

          • Pat

            Bringing his season OBP all the way up to .245

  • Mysterious4th

    So, I know sori is probably one of castro’s biggest mentors on the team but has anybody else noticed his batting stance, swing, ect is very much looking like soriano’s? I just hope he doesn’t start using that log of a bat!

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  • IndyCubsFan

    Anyone know if Leake is still pitching for the Reds? Haven’t heard about him for a while and thought he’d be a good tail-end starter.