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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

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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

  • another JP

    Great job Camp you worthless POS. And Sveum should hit the bricks right along with him-

    HEY DALE- WHAT THE HELL YOU PUTTING IN A STRUGGLING ROOKIE PITCHER IN THIS GAME WHEN CARVILL WAS AVAILABLE FOR LONG RELIEF??!! AND THEN CAMP? IDIOT

    Sorry about the caps, but this has to be the most clueless use of a bullpen ever. Add to that batting Hairston fifth and you have a totally useless manager. This team makes me sick.

    • mudge

      My sentiments exactly.

    • Jason P

      Don’t forget that Garza still had a good 10 pitches to go before he reached his limit too. He shouldn’t have even been taking out.

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    If I was Garza..why in the hell would I want to stay in Chicago with a shitty bullpen that we have..only to go out bust my ass off to have the bullpen lose it for me! Hell I would ask Theo for trade!!!

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    Go Phillies..lol

  • Danny Ballgame

    CAMP!!!! Dude is killing me

  • morgan

    this is fucking amazing, This season is Theo’s and Jed’s fault, completely, Theo doesn’t know how to put together a bullpen, That’s just a fact, He’s doing nothing to even improve this. Keeps claming fucking bum after bum. Lets get real I would put a 3 year timetable on theo starting next year. He better hope these foreign fucks become hall of famers

    • Carew

      Theo is not the guy on the mound pitching. These players are in a professional sport and they should perform well. It’s not the FO’s fault that the PLAYERS can’t execute. Also no need to call someone a fuck

      • Jason P

        He just said what everyone else was thinking a couple moments after the GS. And it is Theo’s fault. Putting together a solid bullpen is very doable without sacrificing anything long term. Camp’s been awful all year, and what little velocity he had is gone. He should have been DFA’d

      • morgan

        yeah there probably are 2 players in that pin that would be on another major league ball club

  • Dynastyin2017

    This lose is on the FO. No way you bring Garza back without having someone ready to piggyback his start. Now we have to extend our starting pitching the next two days, or risk watching this bullpen tired.

    • Jason P

      They can’t be much worse tired than they are rested

      • Dynastyin2017

        What a horror if they were.

    • mudge

      CV was ready to piggyback. Unfathomably stupid bp choices.

    • willis

      There was somebody. His name is Villanueva.

      Sveum is a giant moron.

      • Dynastyin2017

        I knew CV was there. Mudge knew CV was there. You knew CV was there. Maybe your description of Dale is right-on.

  • Dynastyin2017

    Oh, BTW, I think Camp has photos. Don’t know of they are of Theo, or Jed, or Dale. But he has to have photos.

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    Garza worked his ass off..once again..I would ask Theo for trade..with our piece of shit bullpen!!

  • Kramden

    Okay, okay so Theo blew it on the Bowden call…. Nobody’s 100%

    • another JP

      It’s more than that- after a really frustrating Mets series, this was exactly the type of loss that will drive a fan base to unbridled anger. I’m so pissed at this manager for his short-sighted bullpen use I can hardly see straight and am about ready to ram my fist right thru the monitor.

      • willis

        You and me both. He’s awful.

    • Saving Grace

      I’ve read a few of the insiders say there is interest in Bowden
      So maybe it was a transaction done to setup a. Trade with one of the interested parties

  • Jason P

    Umpires suck.

  • Dustin S

    Speaking for all Cubs fans, …

    Maybe keeping Camp was part of Theo’s tank plan. Maybe Camp is Theo’s inside man making sure they get nowhere near .500.

    • mudge

      oh joy, marmol is warming up now.

    • Kramden

      The media doesn’t have to ask Sveum…. Everybody already knows the answer:

      Sveum’s a bench coach, not a manager. Never was, never will be.

      • willis

        Amen.

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    Ok Kramden, your telling me with 40 plus games into the season that there was no evaluation on Camp?? Give me a break

    • Kramden

      I look at it this way….

      Next year’s #1 draft choice will look mighty fine in a Cub uniform for the next 15 years….

      and Sveum’s just the guy to make it happen!

  • john

    Why are some of you people blaming Theo this is clearly Dale’s fault and his stupid man crush on Camp. Im not even going to blame this on Camp, Dale should have known better than to put him in the game.

    • Jason P

      It’s Theo who put the bullpen together. He missed on target after target this offseason, and the guys he did get – Rondon and Fujikawa and Takahashi- have been/ were horrible. Meanwhile he chose not to DFA a washed up Shawn Camp.

      I’ll give him credit for finding Gregg, but that’s about it.

  • Jason P

    As usual, quality ABs with RISP.

    Again, I have to ask what was Sveum thinking leaving Brobon out there against a 95mph lefty. He looked utterly and totally lost. Ik most the righties were in the starting lineup today, but surely, Dejesus, Navarro, or Schierholtz could have put up a better fight than that.

  • Crazyhorse

    Npbpdy can blame Little Theo on the Cubs being bad. The Cubs had a bad team prior to his arrival. What Cubs fans should do is give Little Theo credit in the Cubs being a worst team under his leadership.Yet the season is young and so is the rebuild plan, as with every passing month and loses continue to mount t,he Cubs front offices record speaks for itself.

  • Die hard

    Will take 6 to win again– doesn’t the Cubs brain trust see this? Over and over and over– either beef up the power and speed or the bullpen–

    • BT

      How do you propose they “beef it up”? Start trading prospects?

      • Die hard

        Opposite — back in the day players used to be sent to the minors.. And minor leaguers brought up—

        • BT

          So we should have dipped into our vast store of major league ready burners and bombers currently residing in the minor leagues? So you think they should manage the imaginary Cubs. Got it.

  • Honey nut Sorianos

    Camp will be gone in the morning.

  • Oswego chris

    Wait a minute…Wellington Castillo has 1 walk all year?…that is positively Dunstonian…

  • Mr. Brent Kennedy

    I hope somebody in the media questions Svuem why the game plan was not automatically to piggyback with Villanueva. It would have made too much sense. Then you have your bullpen fresh to go win this Series.

    • BT

      The bullpen pitched 2 innings on Sunday and zero innings on Monday. How “fresh” do you need them to go win the series?

      • Mr. Brent Kennedy

        I get that. But you have a power pitch tomorrow and Jackson the following game. He hasn’t pitched seven innings all year. You can push the bullpen then.

        • BT

          All you are doing is suggesting a different way to use the bullpen. He can use Villanueva tomorrow or Thursday if the starters falter. The only reason that using him tonight seems like the “right” decision is because they guys he brought in tonight crapped the bed, and you’ve got hindsight on your side.

          • Mr. Brent Kennedy

            Well not exactly. This would have been Villanueva’s start. I’m suggesting the gameplan should have been for him to pitch the remainder of the game as he is already stretched out.

            • willis

              Yep. He was plenty fresh and should have been the piggy back option, whether Garza looked good or shitty. How is anyone doubting that? That Rondon and Camp were such better options? You’re starting an inning, up 3, put Villanueva in.

              It was an idiot decision.

              • Mr. Brent Kennedy

                Right, regardless of how Garza pitched. If he couldn’t get out of the fourth or fifth I would have still expected Villanueva out there. You can’t lean on the entire bullpen day one of a tough (and important) road trip.

              • BT

                right. It was an idiot decision. The clear option, the ONLY option was to put in the guy who went 5 innings and gave up 7 runs in his last outing, while leaving the rest of the bullpen (with 2 exceptions) to go at least 3 days without any work. Any idiot can see this is clearly the sole, correct option. How can anyone doubt this flawless, beautiful, perfect plan?

                How you guys are typing on computers instead of managing major league ballclubs escapes me.

                • willis

                  As opposed to running a rule 5 and a guy who gets lit up nearly game he pitches?

                  You use your best available pitchers to try and win. He didn’t do it.

                  • Mr. Brent Kennedy

                    I’m just voicing my opinion. I belong no where near the dugout. Although, I can pull off pinstripes.

                    I agree with willis, Villanueva, I believe, was the best available pitcher to potentially finish and win the game.

    • Kramden

      The media doesn’t have to ask Sveum…. Everybody already knows the answer:

      Sveum’s a bench coach, not a manager. Never was, never will be.

      • Die hard

        But he’s a go along get along dont rock the boat yessir man– perfect fit for FO

  • Jason P

    And another Cubs pitcher doesn’t get over to cover first base

  • Carmelo

    And now Gregg in—-he should have pitched the 9th inning on Sunday to get some work in, not now in the beginning of 6 games in a row, and behind in the game. Not sure about this move.

  • Jason P

    Is there no one on this entire team who can get a game tying or go ahead hit in the late innings?

    • mudge

      no

    • Cheryl

      There was but he’s gone.

      • Jimmy James

        Clearly you speak of campana

        • Cheryl

          No, but haven’t heard about him lately. I’ve been following the Cougars.

  • mudge

    really really pissed. down the road, can you imagine this manager matching wits with girardi or scoscia? he’d be righty-leftied out of the park by the seventh inning. if he had the sense to realize what he’s got in james russell, you’re around .500. let him pitch 2-3 inning saves 2-3 times a week. look at how a guy is pitching instead of always going with the matchups.

    • Cheryl

      That would make too much sense, not only for pitching but elsewhere.

  • Cheryl

    Haven’t looked at the lineup in a while. Looks very close to a minor league lineup, or am I mistaken?

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