wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs can sweep the Angels tonight, which would put them at just seven games under .500. No, that doesn’t matter in terms of the sell-off/don’t-sell-off plan, but it would still be a fine thing to see – and we haven’t seen it since May.

Jeff Samardzija is on the hill, coming off one of his weaker starts last time out against the Pirates.

Game Info

Anaheim Angels (43-46) at Chicago Cubs (40-48), 7:05 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. (Actually, that’s the old, short series preview for the Angels series. It is of questionable utility at this point.)

Starting Pitchers

C.J. Wilson (8-6, 3.49 ERA, 3.61 FIP)

versus

Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 3.54 ERA, 3.25 FIP)

Anaheim Angels Lineup

1. Erick Aybar, SS

2. Mike Trout, CF

3. Albert Pujols, 1B

4. Josh Hamilton, LF

5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B

6. Mark Trumbo, RF

7. Hank Conger, C

8. Brendan Harris, 2B

9. C.J. Wilson, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Dave Sappelt, RF

2. Cody Ransom, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Darwin Barney, 2B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Julio Borbon, CF

9. Jeff Samardzija, P



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