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So, last night was ugly. Edwin Jackson did not pitch well, the bats did not hit well, and the Cubs lost at Miller Park for the 9th time in a row and the 19th time in 21 games. I’m kind of tired of hearing about those kind of streaks.

Scott Feldman starts for the Cubs as we really enter the window where every single game by a tradable player is going to be heavily scrutinized. So, um, do well, Scott.

Also, don’t do well, Yovani Gallardo.

Brian Bogusevic gets his first start with the big club, spelling Alfonso Soriano in left field.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (31-44) at Milwaukee Brewers (32-43), 7:10 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 (6-6, 3.39 ERA, 3.91 FIP)

versus

Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.09 ERA, 3.81 FIP)

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Norichika Aoki, RF

2. Jean Segura, SS

3. Jonathan Lucroy, C

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Juan Francisco, 1B

6. Rickie Weeks, 2B

7. Logan Schafer, CF

8. Caleb Gindl, LF

9. Yovani Gallardo, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Luis Valbuena, 3B

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Nate Schierholtz, RF

4. Ryan Sweeney, CF

5. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

6. Brian Bogusevic, LF

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Scott Feldman, P

  • Mike

    Good to see Bogusevic right away. Someone in left field needs to start hitting.

  • baseballet

    Dale’s pregame rally speech: “Nobody beats the Cubs 10 times in a row. Nobody!”

  • Required

    I can’t wait for 2015! Cubs will sweep Miami in the series. Now all Miami will have to do is switch to the AL. At least Back 2 the Future 2 says so!

    • Kenster

      i thought that was suppose to be 2014 lol.. i remember that scene!

  • cubsfanforever

    Release Soriano with the others. He isn’t going to bring trade value and he is only holding up a spot for a younger player. IMO

    • Drew7

      And who would this younger player be?

      • Scott

        I think Jesus is a FA

        • cubchymyst

          I hear he walks a lot

          • Scott

            High character guy, good patients, solid locker room presence

            • mudge

              a six tool guy

            • cubchymyst

              I don’t know about the solid locker room presence. Heard he is more like a wind that speaks in your native tongue.

            • Internet Random

              “good patients”

              I forgot he’s a physician.

            • Hansman1982

              Eh, I’ve heard he can get preachy at times and the pictures I’ve seen of him seem to indicate he’s scrawny. Not sure how much power is there.

            • Rich H

              And if he does not work out in the OF he can help with the renovations.

  • Jp3

    Glad to see we’re on wgn tonight so I’ll stop watching the coverage of all this Aaron Hernandez situation. I’m sure the Pats are ecstatic to know that their signing bonus from 10 months ago will be paying for his huge defense attorney team…. Anyways go cubs. Hopefully Scott has a nice outing today.

  • fromthemitten

    interesting… 4 lefties in a row followed by two righties… Sveum’s been pretty consistent about splitting them up in the lineup but desperate times call for desperate measures

  • North Side Irish

    Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat 1m
    #Cubs prospect Jorge Soler was to be examined in Chicago. His left shin isn’t healing after he fouled a ball off his leg

  • Rudy

    OTish: The Iowa Cubs still only have 8 position players(not including catchers) for 7 spots. Somthing has to give here soon.

  • The Dude Abides

    No Gomez, Braun or Hart, Milwaukee is ripe for the taking with the big bats they have out. No reason we shouldn’t take this series.

  • Scott

    Hopefully we know Gallardo around and put a small ding in his trade value.

  • Scott

    *knock

  • Brian Bogusevic

    And how do I spell Alfonso Soriano?

  • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

    2-1, 20 IP, 76 TBF, 14 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 HR, 5 BB / 28 K 2.07 xFIP
    (last 3 starts vs Cubs)

  • Die hard

    Yep-Castro had plenty of time to work on his issues… At this rate he will still be working on them in 5 yrs for the Mexican League Tijuana El Gatos

    • Timothy Scarbrough

      Well, he does have two hits so far.

  • willis

    Hendricks is balling once again tonight. 0 ER through 5 (don’t jinx him you dick). His results have been very good this year.

  • willis

    I like Valbuena.

  • fortyonenorth

    Has anyone noticed if Castro has been eating sunflower seeds lately? I was at the game Sunday and didn’t see him spit seeds even once. Looks like he’s chewing gum tonight. Maybe he’s trying to kick the habit and it’s affecting his game.

  • Drew7

    Gotta love Rizzo turning such a *horrible* month around in about 4 games.
    #SmallSampleSize

  • willis

    Both Rizz and Castro looking very good tonight. Love that. Oh and thank Heavens.

  • willis

    Good news is Camp threw 2 innings last night, so hopefully Sveum won’t go to him in the 8th.

  • http://www.backingthepack.com Rynomite

    Valbuena’s WAR should go up +1 after this game. Goodness the defense. And the getting on base thing. Solid.

    • mudge

      Yup, solid’s the word. Presence of mind. Valbuena’s a ballplayer. Bogusevic should go right into a platoon in left.

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