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)

versus

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




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