This is the first baseball game of the year with absolutely no implications for the future (in a tangible sense). With the number two pick/number two international signing money locked up for 2013, there isn’t anything on the line tonight other than pride (which, itself, arguably went out the window with loss 100 last night), and impressions for the offseason.

Finally, after a couple months of cognitive dissonance about what I truly wanted the Cubs to do, I can return to my comfort zone. My sweet spot. My home.

I want the Cubs to destroy the Astros.

So … go, Chris Volstad!

Game Info

Houston Astros (54-106) at Chicago Cubs (60-100), 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

Bud Norris (6-13, 4.82 ERA, 4.29 FIP)


Chris Volstad (3-11, 6.64 ERA, 5.24 FIP)

Houston Astros Lineup

1. Jose Altuve, 2B

2. Scott Moore, RF

3. Fernando Martinez, LF

4. Matt Dominguez, 3B

5. Brett Wallace, 1B

6. Jason Castro, C

7. Justin Maxwell, CF

8. Tyler Greene, SS

9. Bud Norris, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Brett Jackson, CF

9. Chris Volstad, P

  • mudge

    but… do you really want the confusion attendant upon a good start from der Vollschadt?

  • Stevie B

    “NOW, Astros, you’re in BIG trouble”

  • jim

    Sveum can set a lineup! Remember sum o those dusty lineups? “gotta play holly” did murton win batting title again?

  • jim

    Polar, they only paid you $5 to take the tickets? Shuddavasked for ten 😉

  • 7eleven

    FYI the NYM-MIA game featuring the much debated return of Adam Greenberg is the free game of the day

    • Patrick G

      Glad I live in NY, get to see this kid get an at-bat. Hope he gets a hit

  • Cubs1967

    wow-ricketts wants to move in the seat behind home plate for box seats of $200….you think there is 56 people that want to watch this crap………….geez……..where is all this money going tommyboy?

  • DarthHater

    At this point, I’m not sure there is56 people capable of properly conjugating the verb “to be.”

    • TWC


      • DarthHater

        Sigh. There are 56 people. not is.

        • TWC

          Oh! NOW I get it. “To be,” like être, right? No?

  • Cerambam

    ^guaranteed 2013 opening day lineup

  • Twiz

    etre is frech