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wrigley field from right bleachersSteve Clevenger is out today with a strained oblique – indeed, he’s out for at least six weeks – but it doesn’t look like the Cubs are going to make a roster move. With an off-day tomorrow and Darwin Barney set to return on Tuesday, there isn’t much sense in shuffling someone up from Iowa for today’s game only. Instead, the Cubs will just go with 24, and get back to full strength on Tuesday.

Edwin Jackson goes for the Cubs today, and lets hope whatever grip issue plagued him early against the Brewers last time out has been permanently corrected. After the first two innings, he looked pretty good.

On the other side of the bump is a scuffling Tim Lincecum, who just isn’t the same guy he was two years ago. It’s sad, given how tantalizingly good he was, but that’s something that happens in baseball. He could, however, turn things around for today at least, and he’s facing the right team to do it. A free agent at the end of the year, Lincecum could stand to face a lot of teams like the Cubs before November rolls around.

The Cubs miss Buster Posey today, so maybe they can make it happen. A series split here, even as frustrating as the two losses have been, would be a relative success.

Game Info

San Francisco Giants (8-4) at Chicago Cubs (4-7), 1:20 CT on WGN.

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.

Game Tickets

If you’re looking to buy Cubs tickets at the last minute today, you can use that TiqIQ link there for the secondary market. There are also some available on Cubs.com.

Starting Pitchers

Tim Lincecum (1-0, 4.91 ERA, 9.0 BB/9)

versus

Edwin Jackson (0-2, 5.73 ERA, 4.9 BB/9)

San Francisco Giants Lineup

1. Angel Pagan, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, 2B

3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

4. Hunter Pence, RF

5. Brandon Belt, 1B

6. Gregor Blanco, LF

7. Hector Sanchez, C

8. Brandon Crawford, SS

9. Tim Lincecum, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B

9. Edwin Jackson, P

  • HoustonTransplant

    If the Cubs are 5-7 after today, I can’t figure that to be a huge failure. Hovering around .500 is about as good as it’s going to get this year, and so as long as they’re close, maybe some of those “shoulda, woulda, coulda” games actually fall the Cubs’ way. Wishful thinking, I know.

  • True(ly) Blue

    The Chicago Tribune had a big front page story (cont. to P6) on Jumbotrons today. Very interesting! I didn’t realize that MLB had rules regarding showing replays, etc. I wish that the Rickets would use this negotiating window to remove the “Landmark” status of the old, ugly and antiquated scoreboard and replace it with a super sized Jumbotron. It would resolve several issues, the conflict with the Rooftops, replays and advertising income. For those of you who “just love” the ugly old beast they could show an electronic repro image of the “Green Monstrosity” once every game.

  • Pat

    If he wanted to, he could just put the jumbotron in front of the old scoreboard.

    • True(ly) Blue

      Almost as good!

  • ETS

    “who just isn’t the same guy he was two years ago. It’s sad, given how tantalizingly good he was, but that’s something that happens in baseball.” this could have described Zito for some time, and he managed to become quite productive again. That Giants staff is interesting to say the least.

  • Dave “Northeast” Cub

    According to MLB Trade Rumors the Cubs have signed Kevin Gregg to minor league contract – let the revolving door begin.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Thompsonville, Il_Cubs

    I didn’t think the back end of the bullpin could get worse but Kevin Gregg will find a way to blow it much worse than Marmol or Fuji

  • cubsnivy56

    nothing to see here folks, just move along……….

  • Die hard

    This is ours for the taking…. Should win 6-5

  • sven-erik312

    OK, come on Rizzo

  • sven-erik312

    What’s with Rizzo this year, 2 strike outs today

  • Mike

    What’s with the Cubs walking the lead-off guy, and then immediately throwing a wild pitch to the next batter, to have the guy that just walked end up at 2nd? I swear, someone has been paying the Cubs’ players to play badly. “Here, we want to pay you 11 MIL a year, to look like you are worth it. But, if it looks like we’re gonna win, give the opposing team a chance to get back in it. Like, say, walk the lead-off guy, throw a wild pitch or two, and then throw grapefruits up there. Yeah, that should work”.

  • Behind enemy lines (south side cub fan)

    For all my negativity towards the FO’s/ownership’s approach, if rizzo gets his act together and we find some way to be productive at 3B — and I guess add a reliable late inning arm — we might not actually suck that hard this year.

  • ReiCow

    Navarro showing why Castillo should have a death grip on the Catcher’s position.

    Moo.

  • sven-erik312

    I heard the guys talking about getting the right matchups for the bullpen, that’s nuts. The bullpen isn’t good enough to even think about matchups. Just keep putting guys out there until one of them can find the strike zone and then leave him in. Jackson should have been gone after the first walk. Good night from Sweden.

  • Austin

    The pitchers are not helping but Navarro needs to stop those. Probably all but 1 of those pass balls should have been stopped and are on him. He should probably stay to being a PH.

    • hansman1982

      There were two that were clearly on Navarro. The others will get magnified by the inning.

  • Kyle

    Looks like Jackson went to the Chris Volstad School of OneBadInningOlogy.

    I don’t understand why seemingly useful, super fungible, dime-a-dozen back of the bullpen guys so consistently fall apart for us the last two years.

  • R Younggren

    So pathetic is this team, what a disgrace, put someone out there that can actually pitch and catch the fucking ball!\

    • willis

      That would be managing to win a game. The Cubs manager doesn’t do that.

  • Jason

    God they suck. And they can’t just suck regularly, they have to suck in a way that makes you want to scream at the TV. Almost every day they have a lead and almost every day they blow it. Same old story with pitchers that can’t throw strikes and hitters that can’t hit with RISP.

    • R Younggren

      This is the cubs in a nutshell, been doing it for years, dont see it changing anytime soon. Just fold their tents and shit their pants when crunchtime arrives.

  • Willie Smith

    Isn’t losing on purpose fun!

    Lets shoot for the #2 pick!

    Near 40 yrs of watching this team; how sad.(for me)

    • Chase S.

      yawn

    • DarthHater

      [img]http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxuvj6mJ951rnq1l6o1_250.gif[/img]

  • DPRagen

    If watching Navarro catch doesn’t shake your faith in Theo & Co. then what would? That may have been the worst inning of catching I have ever seen!

    • Mr. Brent Kennedy

      So you are just going to ignore his back-to-back games with pinch hit home runs!? From different sides of the plate no less.

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    Brett.. Curious.. How many games have we had the lead only to lose.. Due to lack of pitching! We keeping adding has beens just to stock pile AAA Iowa! Lets go pitching is horrible this year!

  • Jason

    Wow a non Cubs team walking a run home! Very refreshing!

  • Internet Random

    I share the following (probably non-news) knowing it will be taken with the grain of salt it merits:

    I have known Person A for a few years. He has a good track record of telling the truth and not exaggerating.

    Yesterday, Person A told me that his friend, Person B—whom I know nothing about—recently met and conversed with Jed Hoyer at a social event. Person B reported that Hoyer intimated that2015 is when to expect a competitive team… as in, not 2014. (That’s a bit of a disappointment to me, as I’d been eying 2014 since T.E. entered the stage.)

    For what little else it adds, Person A is the kind of guy who would doubtless say if he thought Person B was full of shizzle.

  • R Younggren

    wow yet another way to lose a game, hey lets balk in a run! WTF!

  • Bric

    “Hey Bowden- how do ya feel about being a closer?…”

  • MikeL

    Yea, lets make the guy who just threw three wild pitches in one inning the closer. Brilliant idea.

    I think we all need to realize that we have no closer on this team and we are looking at another 100+ loss season.

    • Bric

      It was a joke.

    • Kygavin

      Closer is far from the biggest weakness on this team, or any team for that matter. Instead of having a “closer” why not just play matchups? There is no difference between 3 outs in the 9th and 3 outs in the 7th. The idea of a closer is ridiculous. That being said the whole bullpen (minus Russell who had pitched 3 straight days) is terrible

  • Stu

    Must.lose.2013.

  • Stu

    Season ticket holders must be enjoying this. Lol.

    • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

      Anybody that bought season tickets is getting what they deserve which is nothing. If you want to go to a game you can go on stubhub or Gold Coast tickets and get some tickets for five bucks

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