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The Cubs are rocking a four-game winning streak, which is of relative value, depending on whom you ask. Justin Germano has been scuffling of late, but I have a feeling like he’ll feast against bad lineups. He certainly faces a young, ineffective lineup tonight, so we’ll see.

Speaking of ineffective lineups, the Cubs’ features a robust six lefties … all batting together in two clumps of three. Shrug. I’m not actually complaining, because I understand the desire to leave guys in their usual spots, but it’s a little silly. Bryan LaHair and Adrian Cardenas get starts tonight.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (55-86) at Houston Astros (44-97), 7:05 CT on WCIU.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Justin Germano (2-6, 6.95 ERA, 4.05 FIP)

versus

Jordan Lyles (3-11, 5.55 ERA, 4.92 FIP)

Houston Astros Lineup

1. Jimmy Paredes, 2B

2. Fernando Martinez, RF

3. Brett Wallace, 1B

4. Justin Maxwell, CF

5. Jason Castro, C

6. Matt Dominguez, 3B

7. J.D. Martinez, LF

8. Tyler Greene, SS

9. Jordan Lyles, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Bryan LaHair, RF

8. Adrian Cardenas, 2B

9. Justin Germano, P

  • mudge

    Cardenas!

  • #1lahaiirfan

    Boom. Hope cardenas has a monster game.

  • #1lahaiirfan

    Boom! Hope cardenas has a monster game.

    • Ogyu

      Is there an echo in here? :-)

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Strictly speaking, they weren’t the same. The second one had far more gusto.

        • Ogyu

          True. Echoes generally don’t increase in gusto.

  • mudge

    an echo?

  • DocPeterWimsey

    I’d flip Cardenas & Valbuena in this lineup.

    • DarthHater

      Yep. That should have us competing for the pennant in no time.

  • Twiz

    oh great

  • fortyonenorth

    Rizzo just got the Jackson treatment. Fuc* the goat.

    • college_of_coaches

      What happened? (I don’t have access to the game.)

      • fortyonenorth

        Big time collision at first when he was trying to leg-out an infield hit.

        • SirCub

          They said his leg’s okay. They’ll keep monitoring him over the next couple days.

          • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

            just saw that – supposedly gonna hold him out until Friday to rest

  • Ed Parker

    Watching Cubs/Astros herky-jerky TV coverage and wishing we were listening to Bob Brenley. Astro commentary mentioned WGN there. Makes one more appreciative of WGN coverage.

  • Frank

    I don’t know if this has been posted here already, but I think it’s worthwhile. How about signing the petition to get Adam Greenberg his official at bat? Use a throwaway email address if you want, but sign it.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/give-adam-greenberg-his-one-at-bat

  • Fastball

    Rumors are flying that Sveum is most likely going to be fired.

    • Rcleven

      Read the article today from Ivy Report. Just one opinion from a Cub site. No facts, No sources, just opinion. Total waste of time. Article was based on Sevum giving Castro a hard time.

  • Fastball

    I figured Theo would get tired of how he has got no progress out of this team. Hitting, Pitching, lack of player deveopment and comments in the media about Castro. It may even be mugual. Sveum may have lost his desire go manage a team that is rebuilding. Or he has realized he isn’t a player developer and teacher of young players. His previous jobs were coaching mosyly veterans

  • Tim

    I dont think theres any way sveum gets fired. Theo obviously knew the situation he was going to be putting him in. What is he supposed to do? Its not like he has much to work with

  • PKJ

    Wow what a hard luck loss for Germano. He pitched well.

  • mudge

    Some root for the Cubs to win. Some root for the higher draft pick. I’m to where I don’t care whether they win or lose. Zen. Two at-bats for Cardenas. He is the missed opportunity of 2012; I expect he’ll be included in a trade and start for a division winner in the near term. How can a team with such an anemic offense not give such a promising hitter a shot?

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