great american ballparkThis rain better get the hell out of here. With the new kiddo, I haven’t had a chance to get out to a game yet this year. Today is my first. I’m already in Cincinnati. Go. Away. Rain. (As of this morning, reports have the rain moving out by the early afternoon, so hopefully the game will get off with a slight delay.)

Jeff Samardzija goes against Mat Latos today, and the Cubs are actually going for a series win. Alfonso Soriano gets a rest day, with Julio Borbon making his first start for the Cubs in left field. That changes up the lineup slightly, with Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo each sliding back a spot, and Borbon batting second.

Darwin Barney also gets a day off, with Luis Valbuena sliding over to second to cover the position …

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (6-13) at Cincinnati Reds (12-9), 11:35 CT on CSN.

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Starting Pitchers

Jeff Samardzija (1-3, 3.38 ERA, 4.43 K/BB)


Mat Latos (0-0, 2.73 ERA, 7.25 K/BB)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Shin-Soo Choo, CF

2. Zack Cozart, SS

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Brandon Phillips, 2B

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Todd Frazier, 3B

7. Xavier Paul, LF

8. Devin Mesoraco, C

9. Mat Latos, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Julio Borbon, LF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 2B

8. Cody Ransom, 3B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • Chuckles

    A freakin shut out, that was painful. Good day by the pitching staff though!

  • Brad

    Cubs need an experienced manager badly. Nothing personal against Sveum. He can’t lead this team day in and day out. Is there any managers out there that have experience and are actively looking for jobs? If mike is fired from Anaheim I would love him to come over. Any thoughts?

    • MikeL

      Sveum is not getting fired. People need to realize this and get over it.

  • Jason

    Terribly mismanaged 8th inning. I didn’t like the bunt to begin with, but at least put in Barney instead of the strikeout-prone Soriano to pinch-hit. Other than that, we just can’t catch a break. Dejesus made some nice contact, but Cozart made a great play. Also, nice to see Rizzo with a few good ABs today.

    Has Dave Sappelt never seen a 94 mph fastball? It’s not like Chapman was throwing 100 in his AB, but Sappelt looked absolutely lost. Hopefully he’s the one who gets demoted when Stewart comes up. Hairston looks lost too, but I’ll give him a little more time given his proven track record of hitting for some power.

    No ones hitting right now and it’s hard to watch – especially when there are men in scoring position. 0-6 again today. I don’t know exactly how, but we desperately NEED a change in philosophy in those situations. There are too many guys going up and hacking away trying to be the hero.

    • Edwin

      I think the bigger problem is that the Cubs only had 6 PA with men in scoring position. They need to draw more walks.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      “There are too many guys going up and hacking away trying to be the hero.”

      Most of the Cubs players are up there hacking away in all situations. Heroism has little to do with it: it’s just the type of players that this team accumulated.

  • Rich

    if there was a leadoff walk..maybe bunt..
    but you gave them an out.. BAD CALL..

    then SORI as a pinch hitter..
    RIZZO should have sat today…and 3/4 SORI should have played..

    the infield was giving up the TIE…all he had to do is make contact..

    a disgrace…today…. this team is going to lose MORE than last year…

    oh and GARZA….really its not his elbow…SURE…he has missed 6 months of baseball

    with a stress reaction and a lat pull….

    blatant lie to trade him at the deadline….

    IF THIS TEAM CANNOT beat the AAA Marlins 3 of 4 , that would be really sad.

  • MikeL

    On the bright side, Daytona, Kane County, and Tennessee are all near the top of their leagues in the number of walks taken by their hitters.

  • Die hard

    This was a game where batting Smardzja 7th could’ve made a difference as he can handle the bat and would force other pitcher to make adjustments which could’ve affected his focus that may have helped Cubs score 2 runs that should’ve won the game hopefully— now that’s a hope springs eternal analysis which Sveum could take to the bank or round file

  • Voice of Reason

    You can rearrange the chairs anyway you want.

    The ship is sinking to the bottom no matter what you do.

    This is a new excuse, though. Who knew that hitting the pitcher 7th solved this teams offensive woes?

    • notcubbiewubbie

      kind of like the titanic; we know how this movie ends.100+ losses but i still think theo and jed are doing the right thing. just kind of painful to watch. go cubs!

      • Westbound Willie

        When the right thing doesn’t work you better have your teddy near by to hug tight.😀

    • Jp3

      I swear some days this lineup looks like there are 6 or 7 pitchers spots in the order… On the bright side Hairston didn’t K in his one at bat. He’s been terrible.

      • Die hard

        And the Brewers have taken off ever since grabbing Bentacourt which if you check you will verify is what I asked for as a 3B fill … But Noooooo!!! Ricketts knows best

        • TWC

          You wanna give it more than 18 games before you crow about that?

  • Voice of Reason

    No question they are doing the right thing.

    The team normally stinks every year anyhow so what’s the difference if they lose 85 or 105 they stink either way.

    I’m excited about the future.

  • Chuckles

    We should have had Samardzija bat clean up. That would have confused the Reds into forfeiting.