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Game Info

Chicago Cubs (45-54) at Arizona Diamondbacks (52-49), 8:40 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

Carlos Villanueva (2-6, 4.16 ERA, 4.01 FIP)


Wade Miley (6-8, 4.03 ERA, 4.33 FIP)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. Adam Eaton, CF

2. Aaron Hill, 2B

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

4. Jason Kubel, LF

5. Martin Prado, 3B

6. Gerardo Parra, RF

7. Wil Nieves, C

8. Cliff Pennington, SS

9. Wade Miley, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Junior Lake, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Cody Ransom, 3B

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Cole Gillespie, LF

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Carlos Villanueva, P

  • Hansman1982

    Four OF and two Leadoff men? Dale is a managerial genius!

    • Believe in 2015

      Haha. He finally adapted

  • da_cubs

    Cody Ransom as the cleanup hitter. LOL!!

  • willis

    Villanueva getting slapped around again…me no like. But with what’s going on odds are the team lays a big egg tonight.

  • willis

    Arrieta with a great start tonight. Maybe there is something there that can be harnessed.

  • Crockett

    4BB in 6.2 IP isn’t a GREAT start. But it’s progress, I guess. Of course, it’s the Marlin’s AAA affiliate, so not exactly a loaded roster.

    • Njriv

      True, but hopefully it’s like when a hitter is in a slump and hits a weak dribbler or a bloop for a hit. Just something to get the ball rolling.

  • someday…2015?

    Almora 3-4 with two doubles and 1 walk. Now hitting .330

    Damn the rain outs. I hope he gets called up soon. He needs to be challenged.

    • Tommy

      Called up to AA you mean, I hope?

      • someday…2015?

        That would be pretty aggressive for a 19 year old. I personally think he could handle it but I don’t think it’s a possibility. Next stop for Albert will be Daytona.

        • willis

          It’s aggressive for sure. But I hate this time of year at Daytona to move a guy, an important guy there. So kind of a catch 22. I suppose keep him in KC and move him if Daytona makes a playoff push, otherwise I’m ok with him sticking in KC so he actually plays.

  • DaveY

    Jerome Walton, haven’t heard that name in a long time. He had the most wide open batting stance I have ever seen a Cub use. A fast centerfielder that played good defense.

  • willis

    I’m in love with Junior Lake.

  • RightFieldForLife

    Little bit concerned about Cabrera at Iowa. They send him down to AA to have him start again and then promote him to AAA after he is dealing at AA and put him back in the bullpen…………I understand there is too many starters at AAA….Raley, Struck, Loux, Moscoso, Arietta, Grimm, but this seems to be contradict sending a guy from the majors to AA to be a starting pitcher.

    • Josh

      Innings……he has already thrown a lot this year……they are trying to keep his innings under control.

    • willis

      Yeah I don’t like that either. Ultimately he’s probably bullpen bound but he has done so well starting this year, if you are going to promote him, for Christ’s sake start him.

  • DaveY

    Mark Grace, the most over rated Cub by my fellow Cub fans back in the day. Guy was a smoker and only one season tried lifting weights but he would hang out with reporters in bars after games. The media loved him.

  • RightFieldForLife

    Restrict a guys innings. Don’t change him from a starter to a reliever. It generally screws up a guy’s progress. Don’t promote a guy who’s making terrific progress and then change him from a starter to reliever due to a log jam in the next level.

    • Scotti

      I disagree. They allowed him to start as long as they felt they could (based on innings jump from prior year) and now they dole out an inning at a time at a level he’s already pitched at in order to keep him going. Restricting his innings when he was starting would have been counterproductive and now they get to keep him in baseball shape over the next several months. Win-win-win.

  • willis

    Farts…that leadoff double gave me a slight hope they’d come back.