wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs seem to be as hot as any team in baseball, and now get to beat up (theoretically) on a doormat. Jeff Samardzija takes the mound as the Cubs return to Wrigley.

Game Info

Milwaukee Brewers (43-61) at Chicago Cubs (48-55), 7:05 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

Kyle Lohse (7-7, 3.37 ERA, 4.23 FIP)


Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.94 ERA, 3.66 FIP)

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Rickie Weeks, 2B

2. Norichika Aoki, RF

3. Jean Segura, SS

4. Jonathan Lucroy, C

5. Carlos Gomez, CF

6. Caleb Gindl, LF

7. Juan Francisco, 1B

8. Jeff Bianchi, 3B

9. Kyle Lohse, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Junior Lake, LF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Nate Schierholtz, RF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • nkniacc13

    Agreed Brett if Shark is on you have to like the chances

  • spatstrike

    Hey guys, I’m new here so can somebody explain to me how stats like ERA+ , FIP, and any other real important (but not so commonly known) stats work?
    The incentive is that next time I post something on here, I won’t look like an idiot.

    • Cory

      Rather then explaining it if your browse on over to fangraphs they give detailed explanations of all the hitting and pitching metrics. That would probably be the easiest way for you to go through at your own pace and get a look at not just the 2 you have mentioned , but also anything else you maybe interested in.

    • MichiganGoat

      Same as was said spend time reading through Fangraphs… and watch watch how long you spend there once you get started.

  • jt

    Keep reading Luke and try John Arguello at Cubs Den. They sometimes define how they effectively use these.
    Google definitions at Fangraphs…. you will get the hang of it in a hurry.

  • splatstrike

    ok thanks guys

    • MoneyBoy

      yeah splatstrike … the Den has a glossary of terms that’s helpful

  • Rafael R.

    Hoping for more solid fundamental play! Go Cubs Go!

  • splatstrike

    One more thing…what would u guys say the most important (i.e. the most worth-watching) stats are? (just so i don’t have to go through them all)

    • TWC


    • MichiganGoat

      BFAR (BellyFire Above Replacement)

    • DarthHater

      wOBA (don’t listen to those smart-asses above) 😉

      • TWC


        Dig on wOBA and you’ll start getting into things like run expectancy and the like. Pick up The Book, too.

    • MichiganGoat

      In seriousness wOBA is a good one if your looking for a more advanced sabermetric and of course OPS is good for a standard way to look. But there are so many things you should look at and never use just one or two stats to measure a player.

    • MichiganGoat
  • mudge

    Looking for a lockdown 8 from Shark tonight.

  • Rafael R.

    Splat there’s so many but common ones are FIP and wOBP. Lol at sCrap+ and BFAR. Maybe BUM% works too

  • Rafael R.

    Oops…wOBA not wOBP.

  • splatstrike

    haha i actually looked up the sCRAP+ and it took me a sec to realize how gullible i am.

    • MichiganGoat

      One of these days I’m going to try and figure out a way to measure sCRAP+

      It is very real

      • wvcubsfan

        ((bunt hits+sac bunts)*GIDP/HR + (errors+CS) + $ in jersey sales/AAV) / 100

  • splatstrike

    wait…now i’m officially confused

    • MichiganGoat
    • MichiganGoat

      Confused how?

      • wvcubsfan

        Because he’s still looking for the formula @ fangraphs.

        • MichiganGoat

          That’s nothing compared to the mind boggling nature of Tango’s “The Book”

    • DarthHater

      Just ask yourself this: Have you ever met a talking goat that you could trust? 😛

    • wvcubsfan

      Ask yourself this: Have you ever met a talking goat that drinks beer that you couldn’t trust?

      • MichiganGoat


      • DarthHater

        I admit, I have not.

  • BlameHendry

    More and more it looks like Lake really is a “con” just like Keith Law said.

    • wvcubsfan

      More and more it looks like you are an unimaginative troll just like i thought the first time i read one of your replies.

      • BlameHendry

        Maybe you should look up the actual definition of an internet troll… I’m not trolling, but I certainly can start if you’d like a demonstration.

        • DarthHater


          • Drew7

            This meme wins you the internet for today.

    • TWC

      Oh, you mean he WASN’T going to go .545/.565/.864 all season? Color me shocked. I really feel like the rug was pulled out from under me. And, man, that rug really tied the room together, did it not?

      • baldtaxguy

        I laughed very out loud at the very awesome rug comment. Thank you for that.

      • wvcubsfan

        Next you’ll tell me Rusin isn’t going to go undefeated the rest of the year.

        • baldtaxguy

          “The Horror…..”

      • BlameHendry

        Of course not, but I didn’t think he would be as unproductive as he’s been since game 3 of the ARZ series either.

        • wvcubsfan

          Look the rug pisser is back

  • Scott

    F@ckin tied the room together!

    • TWC

      And this guy peed on it.

      • wvcubsfan

        Probably didn’t have a puppy pad underneath it either did you?

      • ChrisN324

        Kieth Law pissed on the rug that is Junior Lake. And man did he really tie that Cubs lineup together

        • Eternal Pessimist

          Keith Law’s comments really broke Lake’s confidence…otherwise 350/500/1200 for the year.

      • Jp3

        TWC (Donnie) please.

  • baldtaxguy

    Rosario for Kane County having a bad night. 12 earned after 4 innings.

    • Eternal Pessimist


  • William

    We’re leaving a small village on the basepaths.

  • BlameHendry

    Shark’s velocity is just a little bit down it seems. 2-3Mph at most, so nothing to panic over, but I’d like to see that 96-97 he’s flashed before. Little bit of dead arm going on maybe?

    also, that barehand play was scary. I really do appreciate the competitiveness, but in a season where the Cubs are not in contention, I’d rather him give up the base hit than injure himself and slow his development…

  • daveyrosello

    Junior Lake not impressing on the basepaths. He’ll need to work on that, he’s fast enough that he should be better at stealing bases. I wonder if Vince Coleman still does that off-season boot camp thing for instruction in base stealing?

    • BlameHendry

      not exactly a surprise. We were warned of his sometimes-inexplicable mental gaffes. Something he shares with Castro. With his speed, if he just becomes a smarter base-runner, he could become more of a threat (obviously)

  • nkniacc

    I just wonder if some of these teams like Oakland Pittsburgh and Arizona are kinda worried about this biogenesis suspensions that maybe coming

  • willis

    Ballgame. Strop was due for a bad outing and we got it tonight.

    • DarthHater

      He’s a con. 😛

      • SirCub


  • http://Cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

    Why can’t we beat the damn Brewers this year? They’re terrible.

  • willis

    Ugh, not sure if I would have been as patient with him tonight. He pitched Saturday and Sunday then flew cross country. Bringing him in I get, but on a short lease. He’s imploding now. I hate the cubs losing to the Brewers.

  • Dustin S

    At the game, that double kind of cleared the stands. Glad i was here though if it was Shark’s last Cub start.

  • willis

    So Mike Olt is really good…

  • Crockett

    Did my dreams really come true? Is Paul Sullivan really off the Cubs beat?!?

    • Jimmy James

      Did they send him back to the shire?

  • mudge

    A riveting pitcher’s duel, final score 5-0. What?!

  • rockin’ dawg

    Strop is starting to remind me of Marmol….

    • Jimmy James

      That’s what I thought the comp was when he came over….