angels stadiumThere must be something in the West Coast water, because Dale Sveum has changed things up once again in his lineup. With Starlin Castro already bumped down the order, now he’s bumping Darwin Barney up – way up. Barney is leading off against the lefty Jason Vargas, which, given the other options, doesn’t really bother me as much as you might think.

Matt Garza’s return tour continues. Hopefully he has as much success as Scott Feldman had last night.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (23-33) at Anaheim Angels (26-33), 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.

Starting Pitchers

Matt Garza (1-0, 3.38 ERA, 2.29 K/BB)


Jason Vargas (5-3, 3.34 ERA, 1.85 K/BB)

Anaheim Angels Lineup

1. Erick Aybar, SS

2. Mike Trout, CF

3. Albert Pujols, DH

4. Mark Trumbo, 1B

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. Darwin Barney, 2B

2. Cody Ransom, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Scott Hairston, RF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Starlin Castro, SS

8. Dioner Navarro, DH

9. Ryan Sweeney, CF

  • X the Cubs Fan

    Gregg for MVP

  • X the Cubs Fan


  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Kane County had 6 players named to the Midwest League All-Star Game. They are as follows: Dan Vogelbach, Bijan Rademacher, Rock Shoulders, Tayler Scott, Nathan Dorris and Felix Pena. Vogelbach is the starting DH.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Can someone explain to me why Taylor Scott was named an All-star over Pierce Johnson? Make absolutely no sense.

    • Luke

      I can’t. I’m mention it briefly in the Daily tomorrow, but I’ll probably come back to it next week (after the draft).

    • DarthHater

      You’re right. It doesn’t.


      Probably because Johnson is going to be promoted sometime between now and the all-star game.

      • baldtaxguy

        Strange reason to not recognize him as an All-Star

  • João Lucas

    Barney’s OBP against lefties this year (before tonight): .429. Tiny sample, but still.


    Happy Draft Day!!!!!!!! Brett you do a wonderul job. Luke thanks for giving us the recap on the Cubbies minor league system.Hey Luke, I gotta ask whats with the man crush on Logan Watkins haha ? Ive seen him play in Iowa love his hustle and his eye. I just dont get all the love for him he seems utilityesque at best. Alcantara on the otherhand may get the call up this year if barney gets traded. This kid has speed, power and decent range. I could see that quick jump from AA to the majors. Hes not close to what Castro was doing there when he got bumped but I just have that feeling. Its Appel or Bryant today. I dont see the cubs drafting Gray. Theo said he prefers Gray. Theo never tips his hand. It will be fun to watch tonight. I cant wait for the articles to follow Brett and Luke. Thanks for all you do for us Diehard Cub fans

    • Brett

      Thanks, Brant. We’re looking forward to today (and the next two days), too. Always exciting.