wrigley field from right bleachersI’m headed back to the right field bleachers today, which will hopefully be a better experience – on a variety of levels – than yesterday’s disappointing/freezing game. Also, I hope that I won’t nearly be pooped on by a seagull today.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (16-14) at Chicago Cubs (11-18), 12:05 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

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Starting Pitchers

Tony Cingrani (2-0, 1.50 ERA, 14.0 K/9)


Jeff Samardzija (1-4, 3.35 ERA, 11.2 K/9)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

(Actual lineup not yet released at the time of this writing, so here’s a best guess as I head out to the ballpark.)

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. Tony Cingrani, 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. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • cas-castro

    Brett, I almost got pooped on a seagull at Wrigley before too. Its seems to happen more in the terrace reserve areas. Birds flying overhead, that is. Have fun at the game today.

  • Michael Hammermeister

    I would say, “Getting pooped on by a seagull”, is a whole lot better than the crap the Cubs are tossing at us.

  • Die hard

    Bet pigeons can’t wait for Jumbotron–will be nicest pigeon Porto potty in Chicago

    • YourResidentJag


  • koyiehillsucks2

    why soriano 4 again? a much better lineup is castro 3 rizzo 4 soriano 7…. he is doing nothing eight now…

    • Kenster

      Looks like somebody is wrong. ya jinxed yourself

      • Kenster

        you double jinxed yourself!

    • Kyle


      (This happens to everyone sometimes, but it’s always funny).

      • mudge

        yeah, maybe I can get another good day out of Sappelt at lead-off, last time I wanted him lower down he went 2 for 4.

  • Kenster

    Samardzija needs to be more efficient.. already 60 pitches and not out of the 3rd yet

    • Josh

      I hate to say it. But maybe Smarj is really not as good as he thinks he is. Hope I’m wrong, but just a gut feeling he really isn’t top dog material.

      • Jp3

        I think he’d be a great #3 or solid #2… Unless he wants $20 million a year… Then, no thanks

      • arta

        maybe he should have signed that Cubs offer! I think they made him an offer, lol.

      • Anonnifan

        I’m not sure what you are seeing here. Smarj is tied for second in the league in strikeouts with a 3.09 ERA. Remind me what an Ace looks like again, because clearly I need to recallibrate.

  • Jason P

    This home plate ump is atrocious.

  • Jp3

    Soriano sucks…

  • Jp3

    Seriously hope we can trade him this summer with maybe one of our SPs and get a decent prospect or 2

  • Josh


  • JulioZuleta

    I’m not by a TV, but on mlb Gameday it looks like Shark is getting squeezed like crazy. Hasn’t gotten one borderline call. Several balls that were easily in the zone have been called balls too.

  • willis

    And on to the bullpen. Buckle in.

  • Die hard

    Time to trade Soriano

  • Rebuilding

    Anyone else notice that the Cubs ticket commercial that runs on Comcast says “Tickets still available for the 2012 season”. I bet they are

  • willis

    And here we go. Four pitch walk. No lead is safe.

  • Dan

    Can’t wait till Marmol and Soriano are gone. I think once they are gone, this team will finally turn the corner.

    • Anonnifan

      I know right? Especially Soriano. That one error he had last year really pissed me off, and whats with leading the majors in Homers over the second half of the season? The Season has two halfs you idiot! Plus breaking 100 RBIs is something that anyone who hits as well as Aramis Ramirez can make look easy.

  • Rebuilding

    I like the fact that Sveum already has Rondon warming before Marmol’s first pitch

  • Rebuilding

    Goodness. I honestly don’t see the harm in just DFA’ing Marmol and sending him to AAA. Maybe he finds some of the old spark there – but you can’t just keep sending him out into close games (not Sveum’s fault – I know)

  • willis

    I understand these relievers are supposed to be one inning arms, but why not let Russell start that inning at least? See what he has? We all know what Marmol will do.

    This game is over. Another heartbreaking loss that should have been a win. Pretty disgusting.

    • mudge

      Yup. You can let Russell throw 2-3 innining saves and get a couple days rest. Team would be near .500.

      • willis

        I’m not sure what you can do with Camp and Marmol, as well as Loe but they need to let all three go and bring up some fire ballers from AA. What can it hurt. Those dudes could grow, not to mention they wouldn’t do as bad as we have seen from the others.

        Like I said, game over.

  • http://Bleachernation Jay

    This is really getting old, Marmol! I try to remain patient with you but……

    • http://Bleachernation Jay

      DAMN IT!!

  • Tom A.

    Marmol is terrible ! I can’t stand him and hope he is dropped today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dan

    Carlos Marmol and Alfonso Soriano combination does it again. Soriano looks like he’s jogging out there in the outfield.

  • Beardface

    I feel like I’m watching the same, horrible movie over and over again each day.

    • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

      Groundhog Day !

  • willis

    3 walks and a hit batter, a shit single…it’s every goddamn day with this team. It really is unreal.

  • Rebuilding

    As much as I get on Sveum, it’s pretty disheartening when your 8th inning choices are Marmol, Camp and Rondon. And I’m waiting for Gregg to start blowing a few games. Outside of Russell this might be the worst bullpen the Cubs have ever had, and that’s saying a lot

  • RY34

    What the fuck was wrong w leaving Russell in. Dale you are a fucking idiot and Marmol you are as worthless as they fucking come. This team is fucking embarrassment to baseball!

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    Cubs fucking suck… I am soo tired of this shit!! How much can we fans take?? I am at my wits end!! If you guys get tired of watching this team doing the same shit day in and day out.. Watch the Young Royals play!

  • willis

    Russell threw 19 pitches, that’s it. 19 pitches and the pitcher’s spot was not up in the 7th. Leave his ass in there knowing damn well what you will get from the rest.

  • Dan

    I think the Cubs have some good trade pieces regardless. This season is lost. Bad bullpen, bad clutch hitting.

    • Rebuilding

      We do have some good trade pieces. This is a .500 team with just a little help from the bullpen

      • YourResidentJag

        Yeah, the Cubs really don’t. It’s not like Garza’s going to get us much more than Grienke got the Brewers. Probably less. Other than that….there’s not much else.

        • Rebuilding

          I was thinking more DeJesus, Russell and possibly Shierholtz. Not that they are getting us more than a B level prospect on their own, but maybe as a package we can get another injury project

          • Rebuilding

            And Villanueva and Garza if he he pitches before the All-Star break

            • YourResidentJag

              I think that Villaneuva gets put in the pen though once Garza returns. I think his FIP which was at 4.04 before his last start really tells the story.

          • YourResidentJag

            Well, maybe Danny Duffy of the Royals. Isn’t he coming off of TJS? 😉

            • Rebuilding

              I actually wouldn’t mind Duffy. He looked like a solid, young lefty before he was hurt. I also wouldn’t mind dealing with the Dodgers for Joc Pederson. They have so many pitching injuries and he’s just what we need

  • Jason P

    Carlos Marmol needs to be designated for assignment. You can’t have a guy like that in the bullpen who single-handedly blows games by walking and hitting batters.

    I don’t care about trade value, either. It’s not worth it in the slightest to have a guy like this in the bullpen for another 3 months to try to get a C+ prospect.

    He needs to go. Not to middle relief. Not to long relief. Not to AAA. He needs to go somewhere else and ruin someone else’s games

    • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers


    • mudge

      RIght on.

  • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

    Leave it to Marmol to lose the game. He’s done. If Theo & Co. allow him to do anything but carry water to the bench from here on, I’d be surprised. Yesterday’s analysis:

    Pitches per inning/ Batting Avg Against
    Villanueva: 13.33. , .171
    Wood: 13.97, .176
    Samardzija: 16.44, .213 (as of yesterday)
    Feldman: 16.76, .223
    Jackson: 17.7, .269

    Marmol:17.84, .244
    Camp: 18.09, .340
    Fujikawa: 19.86, .381
    Bowden: 14.3, .250
    Russell: 14.56, .179
    Gregg: 17.26, .158
    Rondon: 17.44, .242

    The guy has nothing left for Chicago. Carlos will probably get traded real soon (hoping by month’s end), go bananas somewhere else (in time), and own the Cubs 2-3 years from now.

    • Rebuilding

      I don’t believe there is anyone that would take Marmol now, even if we pay all of his salary. If he could have built on the end of last year, maybe, but not now

      • RY34

        Just cut his stupid ass to be rid of him and swallow the money as a huge sunk cost. Send dale with him too

        • Rebuilding

          Dan Haren has been pitching really well for Washington lately. I wonder what was wrong enough with his medicals that we squashed that trade

          • YourResidentJag

            Cubs probably felt that if he got injured during the course of the season that he’d obviously would have had no trade value….not that sticking with Marmol as trade value was much better. :)

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