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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)

versus

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

  • Timothy Scarbrough

    Wow, the Cubs are half a game better then the Giants. That is odd to think about.

    • Ivy Walls

      Actually Cubs are still recovering from the 10-16 April start, really it was the 6-14 start, they closed 4-2 the final week of April. (Cubs are one game under .500 since losing 0-1 to Cinci on April 24th, and if they win tonight they would be 41-41 since that early spring date.

      This is why I do not think they will fall into the abyss if they do exchange older assets for younger futures.

      • Timothy Scarbrough

        You can’t really just make deadlines like that when talking about team value, but laying .500 ball is definitely something we thought this Cubs team could do. If the NL central was bad this year, this might be a whole different season.

  • Ivy Walls

    I think calling a sell off is not really accurate and is in line to the MSM’s narrative, Theo yesterday outlined simply that they are exchanging older more expensive assets for younger, developing assets, this is more an investment no different than how other business models exchange assets for future’s.

    So if/when Cubs exchange Gregg/Schierholtz for younger talents or they exchange Villaneuva or even Samardzija it is logical strategy.

    When/if they trade off someone like Castro than that could be a sell off.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      What you’re describing is a “fire sale.” A sell-off is selling lots of good pieces – as the Cubs have.

    • cooter

      I like the way you think!

  • cubmig

    The thing that is interesting to me, is seeing Sveum’s continuing changing lineups. He must be having “fun”……

    • Timothy Scarbrough

      He does have a pretty much continually changing roster.

      • MoneyBoy

        With Sori gone and with the changes in the 25 man roster, it’s got to be interesting and challenging for Sveum to build a roster every day

  • Walter Sobchak

    My god….. For respects sake could we do
    Lake
    Ransom
    Castro
    Rizzo
    Schierholtz
    Navarro
    Gillespie
    Barney ( it’s almost a sick joke to watch him start a mlb game daily)

    • Timothy Scarbrough

      Well, not when Barney is in the field.

  • TheMagicMan

    Baez has drawn 2 walks today (also struck out twice). Baez is always going to strike out a lot. But he is also going to always hit home runs. Heck, he would hit 20 HR in the majors. If he can develop some more plate discipline, just a little, he’ll be a fine player. SO’s will hold him back from a “superstar”, but he should enjoy a good career.

  • Kyle

    I like the CSN Commercial says stuff about watching the Cubs play the Braun-less Brewers

  • willis

    Damn, I was watching the game, getting ready to go out. And in my head, I softly said to myself “man you can’t go out while he hasn’t given up a hit.” three seconds later, single by SF. Sorry.

  • Tommy

    Saw Kane County in Peoria tonight. The names you’d expect looked good for us, but the Chiefs defense looked unbelievable. Tayler Scott started for KC and really looked terrible in my opinion. Even when he got them out, they hit him hard. On a bright note, Sheldon McDonald looked good and Vogelbach hit a bomb, as well as played some pretty good D digging out some poor throws throughout the game.

  • Jason P

    That double play ball by Barney was terrible for a few reasons. Not only did it spoil one of the few decent chances the Cubs had to get something started with the leadoff man reaching, but it was also on the first pitch and limited the number of pitches Bumgarner had to throw that inning. That gives Bochy the option of marching him out there for the 8th, and the Cubs lineup has looked absolutely hapless against him.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Wow, Ortiz pulled a Zambrano tonight except it was on the Bullpen Phone instead of the cooler! Horrible call by the ump and a horrible example set by Ortiz.

  • mudge

    will they bunt again?

  • Corey

    Why the hell did he take out Rusin?

    What the fuck are you thinking sveum?

  • mudge

    what a game!

  • YourResidentJag

    Anthony Rizzo will be hosting a cook-off for Pediatric Cancer Research. Good job, Anthony.

  • Derek

    WOW!!

  • Jason P

    That was great.

  • John

    Great job by Strop of getting out of that Jam!!

  • daveyrosello

    Sure looks like Strop will be your new closer once Save Bot is traded.

  • Die hard

    Worse than Cubs

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    You know that felt good for Nate!

  • Bill

    Is it just me or has Schierholtz had a lot of extra base hits the past week or so? Way to go, Nate.

    • Die hard

      Could fetch decent AA player

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        Schierholtz to Pirates for Tyler Gaslow? or Nick Kingham?

    • mudge

      he got a cortisone shot. maybe rizzo can get one.

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        I bet that homer felt better then that cortisone shot

        • D.G.Lang

          Just about anything feels better than a cortisone shot. I’ve had many and I know.

          After one particularly bad shot up through the bottom of my foot, the doctor accused me of being bad for business by scaring all his other patients away.

          A public service warning: If you need a cortisone shot in your feet use a foot doctor and not an orthopedic surgeon. The foot doctor will put the needle in through the side of the foot penetrating soft tissue but the surgeon will go up through the bottom through some very hard to penetrate tissue.

          The surgeon once launched the needle like a dart throwing it hard against the bottom trying to get it through.

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        But agreed Rizzo really needs to start straightening out. Would be out of the question to send him to Iowa to straighten him out? I know they’d never do it, but he is just whiffing pretty bad

  • William

    Nate The Great with the blast!

  • Kevin

    Anybody else experiencing reception problems?

  • mudge

    How about the “raw talent” Jr Lake? He had two 7 pitch at bats, one a walk, and made a fine catch. He doesn’t seem to be chasing bad pitches.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    I have zero confidence in Gregg anymore. I feel like this is 2007 Gregg who throw a tick lower on the fastball. Come’on Gregg!! Pitch well till we deal you and then you blow as many games as you want!!!

  • Jason P

    Why the hell can Cubs relievers never throw damn strikes?

  • mudge

    another save. jesus.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    WOW! 3 force out at the plate between the 8th and 9th. Great defense! Great win!

  • another JP

    Cardiac cubbies, holy cow! Nate the Great punks his former team and Gregg comes up with another save, WTF.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Yikes. He got the job done tonight but if I’m another team idk I’d wanna trade for Gregg…

    • Jason P

      They were never going to get much more than a mid-level top 20 organizational prospect for him anyway.

    • Adam

      I don’t think another team would want him, save the fact that he has closing experience and if your current closer goes down, then maybe he could fill in.

      Maybe the Cubs could get IFA money for him? Detroit?

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        I’d take the chance on an organizational top 20 guy over IFA money. Were going probably hit max penalties anyways. But yeah never know. Hopefully we can package him with Schierholtz and get a pretty good prospect. Cross your fingers the Pirates would pull the trigger

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