wrigley field from right bleachersI’m headed to Wrigley to take in the game today, so come say hello if you see me in the right field bleachers. I’ll be the one wearing a blue Bleacher Nation shirt because I can’t help myself.

The Stache will look to bounce back from his first non-quality start of the season, and the Cubs will try to play another close one with the Reds (and, like, win it).

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (15-14) at Chicago Cubs (11-17), 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.

Game Tickets

If you’re looking for Chicago Cubs tickets for today’s game (or any future games), you can use that TiqIQ link there for the secondary market. There are also some available on Cubs.com.

Starting Pitchers

Mike Leake (1-1, 4.34 ERA, 4.40 FIP)


Carlos Villanueva (1-1, 2.29 ERA, 4.07 FIP)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

(Due to travels, I had to take a guess at this before the lineup was released. If it differs substantially, I’m sure someone can helpfully post it in the comments.)

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. Mike Leake, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

(Due to travels, I had to take a guess at this before the lineup was released. If it differs substantially, I’m sure someone can helpfully post it in the comments.)

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. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Carlos Villanueva, P

  • Mike

    Looks like Ian Stewart was activated from the DL and optioned to Iowa, and will remain there until/if he can ever hit AAA pitching. Looks like that was $2 MIL well spent. I’d rather they spend that money on Figgins…at least he’d hit as well as Stewart, but actually can stay healthy. Oh, well, here’s to hoping Stewart never returns to Wrigley Field in a Cub uniform.

    • Kyle

      That’s interesting. The only way he could have been optioned is if he both gave his consent *and* cleared waivers.

      • Mike

        Yeah, maybe. My guess is maybe an Independent league might want him….who else would.

      • Rcleven

        Stewart had an option left.
        Who knew?

    • #1lahairfan

      Didn’t Doug Padilla report that a couple hours ago? I was really interested when he said that.

    • #1lahairfan


      I don’t know if this is a credible link at all. ?????

    • Die hard

      Could’ve had Bentacourt

      • calicubsfan007

        Could’ve had a V8

  • George Benson

    Why are you people paying attention to this team? I grew up watching the Cubs and cried when they lost in 1984 (i was able to hold back tears in 1989 and 2003 though). It’s not they are bad, we all know that a rebuild was necessary after so many years of negelcting the farm system and player development. The Ricketts family has lied to us and is in the process of ruining Wrigley Field with ads. We were told all profits would go back into the team. The Cubs were the most profitable team in MBL in 2012 and all that money went to pay down loans to purchase team, not for payroll or Latin American scouting or Wrigley Field improvements. If you care about the Cubs, then you will boycott this team. Reinsdorf and Selig would not allow Mark Cuban to purchase the team and use his own money to improve Wrilgey and the team. We got stuck with a bunch of trust fund billionaires who are attemtping to extort the city of Chicago and Cubs fans. Do not keep sending them money!

    • MichiganGoat

      That’s what being a fan is all about, regardless of anything I will always be a Cub fan. It goes beyond players, coaches, owners, and a stadium. I AM A CHICAGO CUB FAN – simple as that.

      • George Benson

        mich, how much more should we take? the team we love makes more money than any other in mlb and we continue to support their bs? i am an ernie banks fan. i am am a billy williams fan. i am a fergie jenkins fan. i am a ron santo fan. I am a jose cardenal fan. i am a rick monday fan. i am a bill buckner fan. i am a shawon dunston fan. i am a ryne sandberg fan. i am a andre dawson fan. i am a sammy sosa fan. i am a derrek lee fan.

        I AM A CUB FAN.

    • David

      The Wrigley plans are great and the ad revenue is necessary.

      I’m so tired of people trying to hold back progress in the name of “tradition.” Tradition of what, exactly?

      • George Benson

        the ad revenue is necessary because tom ricketts said it is? the cubs make the most money without the bad signage and you still sup his bs. keep going to games and let the ricketts suck money from your teat.

  • jim


  • Drew7

    All caps and 28 exclamation points, I wouldn’t have been able to tell if you were yelling or not. Once you added the 29th one though, *then* I was sure.

    Good thing you did that…

  • macpete22

    Mark Appel is pitching against Arizona St on ESPNU if anyone is interested

  • Die hard

    There’s that curse of the 666 again– purgatory or hell it doesn’t matter — Sveum on the hot seat

  • Idaho Razorback

    Just saw Cub highlites on Baseball Tonite. The stadium was empty. It looked like the 1981 season at Wrigley. I’m sure Brett had no problem getting the seat he wanted in the bleachers. Oh well, off to work now. Friday nites are fun in a grocery store, dealing with all the drunks trying to by beer after 2:00 AM.

    • BT

      the team sucks, but the weather today was awful, which accounts for a lot of the empty seats.