wrigley field from right bleachersAhhhh, baseball during the Draft! Head going to explode!

And it’s a great pitching matchup today, with Francisco Liriano facing Travis Wood, each a lefty who is really tearing it up this year.

The new against-lefty lineup is in place, with Darwin Barney and Cody Ransom up at the top.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (35-25) at Chicago Cubs (24-33), 1:20 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Francisco Liriano (3-2, 2.17 ERA, 1.31 FIP)


Travis Wood (5-3, 2.75 ERA, 3.62 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Jody Mercer, SS

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5. Russell Martin, C

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Neil Walker, 2B

8. Travis Snider, RF

9. Francisco Liriano, P

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. Ryan Sweeney, CF

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Blank

    Don’t drop the soap, Pittsburgh; we’re coming from behind

    • Jim

      Not okay.

      • Blank

        Live a little

  • Kyle

    Pitching matchups are rough, but we could really send the Pirates into a tailspin with a good series.

  • Drew7

    Wow…only Liriano could walk Castillo and Castro back-to-back.

  • Schrodinger’s Cat

    Back-to-back walks for Castillo and Castro? Holy hell.

    • SirCub

      The odds of that occurrence is 0.001% !

      • SirCub

        By which, of course I mean 0.12%. Math is hard!

      • Timothy Scarbrough

        The odds of Liriano walking two guys in a row has to be much higher though.

        • SirCub

          Probably, considering that his career walk rate is above average. But so far this year, it’s been below average. So, eh, I’d say it’s a wash.

  • bbmoney

    Cubbies taking some walks today……not neccessarily tough to do against Liriano though I suppose.

  • AP

    If I never see Jordan Baker ump a game again, it will still be too soon.