pnc parkYou don’t need me to get you excited to watch tonight’s game. Matt Garza is finally back, and it will be good to see him in action once again. It’s easy to forget: dude is good, and is frequently quite enjoyable to watch.

Garza is expected to be on a pitch count, so don’t expect him to go too deep into the game. Just hope for health, modest effectiveness, and a decent overall outing.

Julio Borbon gets the start in center against the lefty, and leads off, which is probably as much about just keeping everyone else in their normal slots (and the lack of a better leadoff option) as it is about Borbon’s on-base ability against lefties.



Game Info

Chicago Cubs (18-25) at Pittsburgh Pirates (26-18), 6:05 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

If you’re looking for Chicago Cubs tickets for this or another series, you can use that TiqIQ link there for the secondary market. There are also some available on Cubs.com.

Starting Pitchers

Matt Garza (0-0, -.– ERA)

versus

Wandy Rodriguez (4-2, 3.25 ERA, 3.56 K/BB)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Jose Tabata, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, RF

5. Russell Martin, C

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. Wandy Rodriguez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Julio Borbon, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Scott Hairston, RF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Cody Ransom, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Matt Garza, P




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