us cellular fieldThe Cubs have already won the Crosstown Cup. This is just the makeup of a superfluous game, so let’s all remember that the Cubs are the winners no matter what happens tonight.

Let’s also pretend like everyone isn’t just going to be hyperfocused on Matt Garza to the exclusion of all else.

If you’re able to notice anything else, you’ll see that the against-lefty lineup is a weird one, with Welington Castillo shoehorned in as DH (since Dioner Navarro is totally not Garza’s personal catcher, but, like, yeah he is).

By the way, trade season makes teams do funny things: I have a hard time believing that Adam Dunn is actually a better defensive first baseman than Jeff Keppinger would be. But you better believe the White Sox want to make sure to show that they’re just fine-a-rooney with Dunn playing first base.*

*Or Dunn is adequate at first base, and I just haven’t been paying attention to the Sox. Why would I?

UPDATES: The tarp is on the field right now, so there might be a delay. That’s one update. The other is that Welington Castillo is out with flu-like symptoms, and Luis Valbuena is going to DH tonight.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (38-48) at Chicago White Sox (34-51), 7:10 CT on WCIU (Cubs), CSN (White Sox).

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. (kinda)

Starting Pitchers

Matt Garza (4-6, 3.12 ERA, 3.33 FIP)


Hector Santiago (2-4, 3.45 ERA, 4.01 FIP)

Chicago White Sox Lineup

1. Alejandro De Aza, LF

2. Gordon Beckham, 2B

3. Alex Rios, RF

4. Adam Dunn, 1B

5. Jeff Keppinger, DH

6. Conor Gillespie, 3B

7. Alexei Ramirez, SS

8. Josh Phegley, C

9. Blake Tekotte, CF

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Cody Ransom, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Dioner Navarro, C

6. Welington Castillo, DH

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Dave Sappelt, RF

9. Julio Borbon, CF

  • Kevin

    What’s the over/under for Garza getting traded before his next start?

    • Rebuilding

      I really think we have seen Garza’s last start as a Cub tonight. He has given up 4 ER in his last 5 starts.

      • Tobias

        Look up Garza’s numbers since Navarro has become his “personal” catcher. The numbers are unreal. I wonder if Navarro gets moved with Garza.

        • Alex

          I think that’s a great point

  • willis

    I like Blake Parker.

    • another JP

      Me too. I think Blake has the talent to help us for a long time.

  • Rebuilding

    It’s hard to believe no team wants Soriano if we are going to pick up a big part of the salary. Tonight he looks 25 again

  • willis

    Damn all I despise Sappelt but he is having a hell of a game tonight. Wouldn’t it be nice if he could keep this up for awhile? Especially with the trades and injuries in the outfield.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Do guys think Arieta will replace Garza when he gets traded? I want to see Rusin get a shot. I know Rusin isn’t great but I rather him then Arieta because I want him to really learn how to refine his control down there. Plus I think it be good to evaluate Rusin in the bigs and see if he turn middle reliever or Loogy for next years bullpen

    • Rich H

      I think that Garza gets traded it will be Rusin till we get under the 73 day window so we get an extra year of control on Arietta.

  • another JP

    Sappelt 4 for 5 tonite. Hairston who?

  • Cornfield Cub

    Soriano looked like a spring chicken tonight, garza pitched well, and the bullpen closed the game out. I wish we could play the Sox everyday.

  • daveyrosello

    Why does Soriano get so much disrespect around baseball? Is it exclusively because of his contract? Because I gotta say, his production–other than OBP–puts him in the top half-dozen LFs in the game. How can some of these pennant contenders crying for an OF or DH bat not recognize that Soriano can actually help them. A lot. I can multiply by two (though we’re slightly past the 81 game mark now), and I see a 37 yo dude putting together a 26 HR, 90 RBI, 20 SB season. What the hell is wrong with that?