angels stadiumAfter a near season-long slump, Starlin Castro has finally been bumped down in the order. He’ll bat seventh tonight, with better-OBP-option Luis Valbuena moving up to number two. Maybe the move will help Castro feel less pressure, and get back to doing what he does best: hitting line drives.

Scott Feldman faces a relatively tough lineup tonight, and the Cubs face a relatively tough pitcher.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (23-32) at Anaheim Angels (25-33), 9:05 CT on WGN.

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

Scott Feldman (5-4, 2.82 ERA, 3.92 FIP)


Jered Weaver (1-1, 3.71 ERA, 4.30 FIP)

Anaheim Angels Lineup

1. Erick Aybar, SS

2. Mike Trout, CF

3. Albert Pujols, 1B

4. Mark Trumbo, DH

5. Josh Hamilton, RF

6. Howie Kendrick, 2B

7. Alberto Callaspo, 3B

8. Chris Iannetta, C

9. J.B. Shuck, LF

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, DH

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Ryan Sweeney, LF

7. Starlin Castro, SS

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Darwin Barney, 2B

  • JOE

    I’m going on the record as saying that Valbuena will hit the game-winner here in the top of ninth… gotta stay positive to stay sane with this team!

    • JOE

      ^ This guy’s an idiot!!!

      • SirCub

        ^ This guy’s a jerk.

        • Rebuilding

          I was so hoping you were right. After Valbuena was about a half a second behind the first two fastballs I knew you weren’t. Tough loss

  • Rebuilding

    Missed the first part of the game. Has Borbon been used? Borbon for Barney here?

  • cubchymyst

    Well at least WGN gave a tidbit of good news before bed. Just said the Cubs are 1 step closer to more night games, so I’m assuming the meeting earlier went well.

  • Honey nut Sorianos

    Does anyone else get annoyed when right after a loss you see cub players laughing or smiling? Tonight it was Barney joking with Pujols on his way back to dugout. It seems like the players have gotten used to losing like this. Just makes me sick!!

  • Will

    Yeah. And Pujols looked at Barney like Darwin was the batboy… this team is a fuckin’ full blown JOKE. So many painful loses this season. Just sell anything of value and field a REAL team already… I’m sick of this. When was the last time this team was above .500 (other than is the first week of April)? And here comes Milwaukee to put the Cubs back in the cellar where they belong. Starlin is a bust, can’t field for shit and now they’ve totally fucked his head up at the plate. Fuckin’ hopeless season. Bedtime.

  • mudge

    Castro is responsible for his own slump. This stuff about over-coaching gets patronizing.

  • Rebuilding

    Not on that one, maybe. But he should be on some list – the chronic injuries, the physique and the massive drop off in performance

  • Honey nut Sorianos

    Thanks Brett for having a place where we can blow off steam! Cubs fans deserve a quality product on the field. And while I believe in what the FO is doing as a fan it’s still hard to watch some of these games. During the broadcast Len brought up the fact that the Cubs are leading MLB in losses after leading at some point in the game. 19 games we either should have or could have won. At what point does the FO fix this problem … Or because we are in such a tough division do they just start selling off talent… To get long term assets?