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wrigley field from right bleachersHere we go. I’m not going to overstate today’s game – this is still one (probably) bad team facing another (very likely) bad team – but winning back-to-back four-game series, even against lowly teams, is pretty hard to pull off. The Cubs can do it today, which would pull them to within four games of .500.

The lineup is a bit wonky, even with Alfonso Soriano returning. Starlin Castro is sliding down into the five-hole, with Cody Ransom (there’s a lefty on the mound) batting second. Apparently Dale Sveum has said this isn’t a permanent change (lets hope not – the two-hold is arguably for your best hitter), but I wonder if this is a possible new “against lefties” lineup. We’ll see.

Scott Hairston has slipped all the way down to the 7th spot in the lineup.

Game Info

San Diego Padres (10-17) at Chicago Cubs (11-16), 1:20 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

Eric Stults (2-2, 5.67 ERA, 5.25 K/BB)

versus

Travis Wood (2-1, 2.25 ERA, 2.09 K/BB)

San Diego Padres Lineup

1. Chris Denorfia, CF

2. Everth Cabrera, SS

3. Chase Headley, 3B

4. Carlos Quentin, LF

5. Jesus Guzman, 1B

6. Kyle Blanks, RF

7. Jedd Gyorko, 2B

8. Nick Hundley, C

9. Eric Stults, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Dave Sappelt, CF

2. Cody Ransom, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Scott Hairston, RF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • ssckelley

    Somebody remind me again how great this bullpen has been? I would have liked to have seen Wood go 1 more batter to see if he could have gotten out of the jam on his own. I do not believe his pitch count was all that high.

  • http://bleachernation allen

    It’s tough to be a cubs fan. Between the starters era and the amount of homeruns this team has we should have a much better records. Its unfucking believable sometimes watching this shit. I don’t know how Len and JD watch this daily without cussing

  • John

    Should have signed Sandberg when we had the chance. The guy has always been loyal, worked hard and loved the Cubs organization and its fans and what does the Cubs organization do? They throw him out like garbage.

    • whiteflag

      Oh my…

    • BT

      Plus, he could have closed games right? And hit with men in scoring position? And fielded every position? I’m a hard worker, loyal and I love the Cubs, can I manage them?

  • http://bleachernation allen

    If Castillo would have just hustled on the passed ball the game would be tied at 2. He should be benched for at least a couple days. I can’t believe wood will get the loss today

  • http://bleachernation allen

    Actually up 2-1 not tied

  • North Side Irish

    Dan Kirby ‏@DanMKirby 10m
    #Cubs team ERA 1-6 IP: 3.22 (4th best). From 7th inning on: 4.73 (worst in baseball) Got even worse today.

    Awesome.

    • http://bleachernation allen

      Great stat. The season in a nutshell

  • John

    At this point I wouldn’t mind if you managed them. Just as long as you didn’t make the same stupid decisions.

  • Jason P

    Not even really 1 scapegoat to blame for that Padres 8th. It was just an awful team performance altogether that inning.

  • Jason P

    And as seems to be customary when the Cubs give up the lead, they come back the next half inning with a barrage of crappy AB’s.

    • Kyle

      To be fair, it was a barrage of crappy ABs that gave the Padres the lead to begin with.

  • ssckelley

    Marmol is a classic example on how misleading of a stat the ERA can be.

  • wkranz54

    What I just don’t understand…Sveum puts Camp in and then pulls him after one walk/passed ball not to play matchups but to put a lefty in against righties? It’s like he knew Camp had a short leash and was gonna screw it up, if he has such a short leash and so prone to mess up why put him in at all? I just can’t figure out why just one batter?

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