wrigley field from right bleachersI got to a computer just in time to post the Hisanori Takahashi trade news, and give you an almost-pre-gamin’ – the Cubs and Astros just got underway, so we’ll call it a current-gamin’.

Travis Wood looks to continue his ridiculous season and the Cubs will try to damage Bud Norris’s trade value.

Game Info

Houston Astros (28-47) at Chicago Cubs (30-42), 3:05 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

Bud Norris (5-7, 3.64 ERA, 3.54 FIP)


Travis Wood (5-6, 2.74 ERA, 3.46 FIP)

Houston Astros Lineup

1. Brandon Barnes, CF

2. Jose Altuve, 2B

3. Chris Carter, 1B

4. JD Martinez, LF

5. Carlos Corporan, C

6. Justin Maxwell, RF

7. Matt Dominguez, 3B

8. Ronny Cedeno, SS

9. Bud Norris, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Luis Valbuena, 3B

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Nate Schierholtz, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

6. Ryan Sweeney, CF

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • cubmig

    Castro back in the two spot……..Dale is having fun with Castro. I’m sure the double yesterday was a convincing factor.

  • Die hard

    Castro was smiling after striking out just now … AAA anyone ?

    • caryatid62

      Yes, absolutely. Anyone who smiles EVER should be cut on the spot. No smiling.

      • Tyler

        And NOOOO sideburns!

    • Kevin

      Scatter brain ……… The elevator not going to the top floor.

    • Can’t think of a cool name

      Interesting, he was frowning when he made those 2 excellent plays in the field. I think Castro wants the Astros to win.

      • caryatid62

        Castro just doesn’t have TWTS (or TWTnS when it’s appropriate), I guess.

        • Can’t think of a cool name

          Soriano picked off second, its Castro’s fault. Send him to AAA

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  • Mark S

    For someone who is hitting .245, Rizzo sure is getting a lot of intentional walks…

  • Ry

    Way to fuck it up as usual Soriano!

    • Cedlandrum

      Too bad he wasn’t out and it wasn’t even that close. Ump blew the call.

    • caryatid62

      He was safe.

  • Cedlandrum

    talk about a hose job of an inning. Good lord Umps.

    On another note Ha has been called up to AAA.

  • Danny Ballgame

    What a crappy couple of calls

    • Diesel

      Yeah and Len Kasper really pissed me off by not saying the umpires shut down the cubs bats the last couple of innings and giving the credit to the astros bullpen. It’s hard to get hits when you have to swing at everything because they won’t call a fair strike zone. I am sick and tired of the umpires and the horrible calls against the cubs these days.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Umps had a tough 8th their and unfortunately it was the difference. Tough loss. On to the next one.