marlins home run sculptureThe Cubs can lock up a series win today by taking down the Marlins for the third straight day. It would also be their first three-game winning streak since … uh … I would actually have to check.

Travis Wood is looking to add a fifth consecutive great start to his 2013 season. They can’t all be gems, but you’d certainly hope he could do it against this team in this ballpark.

Austin Kearns, who still plays baseball, is going to have a good game today. He always does against the Cubs, however far from the promise of his early career he has drifted.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (8-14) at Miami Marlins (5-18), 6:10 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

Travis Wood (1-1, 2.08 ERA, 1.80 K/BB)


Alex Sanabia (2-2, 5.09 ERA, 0.79 K/BB)

Miami Marlins Lineup

1. Donovan Solano, 2B

2. Placido Polanco, 3B

3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF

4. Austin Kearns, LF

5. Justin Ruggiano, CF

6. Joe Mahoney, 1B

7. Miguel Olivo, C

8. Chris Valaika, SS

9. Alex Sanabia, 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. Welington Castillo, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • cjdubbya

    Wow. I’ve actually heard of over half of Miami’s starting lineup today.

  • Stephen

    I have been following your blog since this winter. Just wanted to say you do a very good job and keep it going. I can always rely on you for my obsessive Cubs news updates.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Stephen. I appreciate that.

  • jacob w

    Ya I dont comment often it have been following this site for two years. Love it.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Jacob. Very kind of you.

  • Josh Kirby

    Another fairly quiet follower here. There’s hardly anything you write I disagree with. Thanks for keeping followers like us well informed! Keep up the awesome work!

    • Brett

      Thanks for this, by the way.

  • Josh Kirby

    And on a separate note, I had an idea I’m sure you’ve heard before to some extent. I’ve seen that you’ve kicked around the idea of a Bleacher Nation App, but don’t want to be exactly the same as the actual site. For an iPhone user like me, I’ve placed a bookmark on my phone to this website (which immediately found its way to my front page) and know its possible for you to add a logo on the icon for anyone who does set it as a bookmark (as I’ve seen done to my church’s website). Perhaps this could be a good way to make a precursor to a BN “app”, make it look somewhat professional, and add more views to the site? Again, just an idea I had because I love the site so much and hope it succeeds.

    • cubzfan23

      I think he meant continues to succeed.

    • Brett

      I’ll have to look into that. Thanks, Josh.

      • Jp3

        Luke, Brett. Anyone know why Vogelbach was pulled today in the 5th inning? It wasn’t due to facing a lefty, no lefties tonight for the opposition not to mention that’s why there in th minors?

        • Luke

          I don’t know of any reasons yet. I’ll keep a eye/ear out, though.

          • Jp3

            Thanks bud, quick response as always

          • Jp3

            Dillon Maples threw 3 innings K-ing 5 tonight in Arizona fwiw. Good to see him throwing more innings and pitches per start I guess

            • Luke

              I don’t think there is any reason to worry on Maples yet. Yes, he only has 10 professional innings, but the reasons for that are legitimate and aren’t anything that makes me think he’s a long-term chronic injury risk. His pitching motion has me a little concerned, but it is too early to say for sure that’ll be a problem.

              I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do in Boise later this summer.

              • Jp3

                Yeah I worded it weird but I was actually encouraged with his 3 inning outing because he started in Arizona throwing 1 inning, then went to 1.2 innings and now 3 in his latest start. I’m more encouraged with him than Garza….

  • willis

    Wood needs to keep attacking. If the lineups he’s faced to this point haven’t figured him out, this one shouldn’t either. I’ll say he’s won me over and I enjoy watching his starts. Let’s get another W.

  • Die hard

    Sveum smart in playing same lineup as much as possible to foster camaraderie cohesiveness and continuity which will show up in the little things like batters picking each other up and defenders helping each other cover more of the field thru sensing what other will do

    • MichiganGoat

      Coming from a guy that talks about radical roster, lineup, and positional changes weekly – this was quite humorous

      • Bric

        Two words… Gastro-Intestinal Fortitude…

        • DarthHater

          abdominal combustion

          • Bric


  • Bric

    Austin Kearns?! What about Placido Palanco? That jackass has been haunting the Cubs since the Reagan Administration.

  • Rizzo44

    Rizzo 3-4 again tonight, 2 HR sounds good. Right? Go Cubs!

    • cubzfan23

      I would take 2 1b’s and a 2b from rizzo… He’s having issues hitting something other than homers

  • Alex S

    I feel crazy saying this, but Valbuena has become one of my favorite players on this team. Two hits tonight, and that’s great and all, but what’s more satisfying is that he’s seen 12 pitches on the way to those two knocks.

  • RY34

    Why is Hairston still in baseball? Just awful!