chase fieldTonight’s game certainly has taken on a different character than it looked like it was going to have earlier today. Chris Rusin flies in for another spot start, and we’ll see if he can lock up a short-term rotation role. Junior Lake leads off against a lefty tonight.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (43-53) at Arizona Diamondbacks (51-47), 8:40 CT on CSN.

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

Chris Rusin (0-0, 8.10 ERA, Undefined K/BB)


Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 4.03 ERA, 2.50 K/BB)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. A.J. Pollock, CF

2. Martin Prado, 3B

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

4. Aaron Hill, 2B

5. Miguel Montero, C

6. Cody Ross, LF

7. Gerardo Parra, RF

8. Didi Gregorius, SS

9. Tyler Skaggs, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Junior Lake, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Cody Ransom, 3B

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Cole Gillespie, RF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Chris Rusin, P

  • daveyrosello

    Why would you pay someone $20MM+ to let Soriano hit 20 HRs for that team? Or alternatively, why would you pay $20MM for a mid-level prospect? Sounds like a lousy deal to me, and one that unequivocally makes the Chicago Cubs an even worse team. But then, maybe The Plan is to completely tank the season again and garner yet another top 5 draft pick. Guh.

    Keep Soriano unless you’re getting a genuine quality prospect, or getting some kind of respectable salary relief.

    • jpeck

      If the plan is to “tank” somebody forgot to tell Junior Lake.

  • Michael

    Maybe Olt is being sent with Sori for a bigger package?!?

  • Joey Jo Jo Junior

    Didn’t Theo and Jed get the memo? Brett is going to be live blogging for 30 hours at the deadline! They need to save a few moves at least to keep him interested…

  • Jp3

    I’m guessing the EBS is going to be something like..”activate unreasonable expectations part duo”