at&t parkAfter last night’s win, the Chicago Cubs have a better record than the defending champion Giants. Set aside the selloff for a moment, and the fact that the Cubs are still a million games out of a playoff spot – right now, they aren’t terrible. And that’s something.

Chris Rusin continues his fill-in quest to stick in the rotation tonight. Dioner Navarro is your cleanup hitter, which actually isn’t all that crazy.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (46-55) at San Francisco Giants (46-56), 8:05 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 (1-0, 5.40 ERA, 5.45 FIP)


Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.93 ERA, 3.24 FIP)

San Francisco Giants Lineup

1. Andres Torres, CF

2. Tony Abreu, 2B

3. Buster Posey, C

4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

5. Hunter Pence, RF

6. Jeff Francoeur, LF

7. Joaquin Arias, SS

8. Brandon Belt, 1B

9. Madison Bumgarner, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Junior Lake, CF

2. Cody Ransom, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Dioner Navarro, C

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Nate Schierholtz, RF

7. Cole Gillespie, LF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Chris Rusin, P

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