safeco fieldWestward, ho. That might not be how you say that.

The Cubs start a West Coast swing tonight against the Mariners, and it’s a late one. Travis Wood will try to do as Travis Wood does, and the Cubs will try to win another series.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (33-44) at Seattle Mariners (35-45), 9:10 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

Travis Wood (5-6, 2.85 ERA, 3.52 FIP)


Hisashi Iwakuma (7-3, 2.26 ERA, 3.33 FIP)

Seattle Mariners Lineup

1. Endy Chavez, RF

2. Nick Franklin, 2B

3. Kyle Seager, 3B

4. Kendrys Morales, 1B

5. Raul Ibanez, DH

6. Jason Bay, LF

7. Dustin Ackley, CF

8. Mike Zunino, C

9. Brad Miller, SS

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Luis Valbuena, 3B

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Nate Schierholtz, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, DH

5. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

6. Ryan Sweeney, CF

7. Dioner Navarro, C

8. Brian Bogusevic, LF

9. Darwin Barney, 2B

  • G2Ellis

    Let’s Go CUBS

  • mick6x

    Yet another line up I would pass on before the Cubs I wish I could get used to series like this.

  • G2Ellis

    I know we could start winning some games this series

  • Rich H

    Navarro two days in a row? Are we now showcasing everyone ?

  • fromthemitten

    Wow, that’s late. Considering the pitching matchup should be a low scoring game so maybe it’ll get done before midnight central

  • mudge

    cubs take 5 of 6 out west.

    • Rich H

      That would be nice. But then the Boo birds would come out of the woodwork saying that we shouldn’t break up this team and that we are in the hunt…. blah blah blah.

  • Rebuilding

    Hopefully the Wood needs a personal catcher rumors don’t heat up

    • mick6x

      Chicago always has Wood no matter who is there catching.

  • Rudy

    Fireworks at the Daytona game. Javy with a HR then Gieger gets hit in the head… both pitcher and manager ejected. Pitcher Brian Mitchell shoved Umpire James Rackley on his way out.

    • Rudy

      At least Soler isn’t there to wield his bat! He would have been up after Javy.

      • Die hard

        Soler has other concerns like will he ever be able to run as well as before

        • X the Cubs Fan

          You’re very obnoxious

    • X the Cubs Fan

      Is Geiger okay?

  • Dustin S

    I like the way the ball jumps off Junior Lake’s bat, but he’s absolutely brutal defensively. 8 errors already at Iowa (including 1 tonight) in only 23 games.

    • Die hard

      Bring him up– throw him and others in the deep end now

      • Jimmy James

        I thought you standard line was they rushed Castro, now you want to do it to everybody?

        • hansman1982

          Jesus, people, stop responding to Die Hard. It’s not worth it.

          • Internet Random

            You should know that I got a literal LOL from your pedal-extender comment earlier.

            • hansman1982

              Thanks, that really means a lot to me. Which means that my life is fairly pathetic.

          • Cyranojoe

            My new theory is that Die hard is a Cardinal fan or a Brewer fan, just posting here with his insanity/inanity in order to stir the beehive. Probably the latter, since he seems able to spell. 😉

            • hansman1982

              He is either a really dumb human being or someone who has devoted far too much of his life to professionally trolling this website. Wait, that’s only one reason, isn’t it.

              • Die hard

                IFmy count is accurate you post more often and have less to say than anyone else except for Darth. … those who live in glass houses etc…

        • Die hard

          You and others are not paying attention… My major criticism with their handling of Castro is they coddled him in minors letting him beat up minor league pitching so long that he thought he was the second coming of Orlando Cepeda… He wasn’t allowed to fail until settled into the show… If they threw him in the deep end after some early success then he would have realized its a much harder game than he thinks.. He would have gone back to the minors realizing that he’s got a lot to work on before being ready… If this is too hard to understand let me know and I will try again.. I have lots of patience with those sincere in wanting to learn

  • mudge


  • Dustin S

    Nolasco got rocked tonight, 5ER in 5 innings.

  • Melrosepad

    Any chance we look at Alex Liddi who was DFA’d by the Mariners? He has had good numbers at AAA and is just 24

  • Larry Bittner

    Dear Mr Epstien. Len Kasper bores the shit out of me

    • Theo Epstein

      Dear Mr. Bittner,

      Cool story, Bro.

      Very truly yours,

      Theo Epstein

    • David

      You have awful taste. The Cubs have one of the best broadcast booths in the game, if not the best.

    • Jimmy James

      No issues with Len but sometimes when I’m not thinking I forget brenly left b/c j.d. Sounds a lot like him to me

  • someday…2015?

    Castro closed his stance up a bit. No hits to show for it tonight but he’s made a lot of contact. Nice to see.

  • CM

    If Russell got half the calls Perez did this game would be over.

  • cub123

    where the hell was that last pitch ump??? same spot as perez.

  • cub123

    Another great start by wood wasted!