wrigley field from right bleachersIt’s game one of a well-time doubleheader, and Carlos Villanueva will try to put together an end-to-end good start. It’s been a bit uneven for him in the return to the rotation, and with a number of young pitchers angling to get a longer look (Rusin, Arrieta, Grimm, etc.), Villanueva may have to pitch quite well to keep from shifting back to the pen next month.

Hey, remember when Yovani Gallardo was a hot trade target that was going to net more than Matt Garza?

Game Info

Milwaukee Brewers (44-61) at Chicago Cubs (48-56), 1:20 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

Yovani Gallardo (8-9, 4.88 ERA, 4.03 FIP)


Carlos Villanueva (2-7, 4.23 ERA, 4.09 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. Jeff Bianchi, 3B

8. Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B

9. Yovani Gallardo, 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. Carlos Villanueva, P

  • willis

    Holy shit…I did jinx it. But there is no way in hell Sveum should have run Villanueva out there at 92 pitches. Completely stupid (weird, I know). And Russell, well, he just got bombed on. God dammit.

    • hansman1982

      Eh, he set the side down in order in the 6th. Not a bad call, just didn’t work out.

      • willis

        Eh, he was at 92 pitches and hasn’t thrown near 100 in quite some time. He should have been removed. But as usual, a couple batters too late.

        • hansman1982

          As usual…that is until Arrieta is cruising through 6 tonight and Dale pulls him to have the BP cough it up and Dale is too quick to the trigger.

        • willis

          And then to keep LOOGY in against one RH bat after the other, now it’s 6-5. Great stuff from the fearless leader.

          Just unbelievable.

          • On The Farm

            He is doing exactly what Theo wants, what are you complaining about?

            • willis

              I’m complaining because more times than not Sveum finds a way to snatch losses out of victories and pulls this shit all the time.

              • BT

                Right, it’s not the pitcher who got bombed’s fault. It’s the manager’s fault. I suppose the 6 singles in a row to score 5 runs were all credited to Sveum?

                • willis

                  He made a wrong move leaving Villanueva out there at 92 pitches. Then he made a wrong move putting Russell in there to clean up the mess against a bunch of RH hitters.

                • TWC

                  Nope. Those are all Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke’s fault.

                  • BT

                    why do they even put players out there? It should just be 2 old guys managing against each other.

          • wvcubsfan

            OK, you and I may agree he’s a LOOGY, but most people are talking about his trade value like he’s a lock down 8th inning guy.

            Maybe the FO wants him to be more than a LOOGY and is telling Dale to use him that way.

            • willis

              I’d rather win games personally, but I agree with what you’re getting at there. Just frustrating to watch him keep doing this.

              And worse yet, Russell is lost out there. He has fallen on some tough times.

          • BT

            He’s not a LOOGY.

            • wvcubsfan

              No he’s not, but I do think he should be. I think he’d be a lot better in that role. Granted he’s still one of the better arms in our pen so it’s hard to use him that way.

            • willis

              Well he sure hasn’t been any good against Righties lately. And got rocked by them again today. If he isn’t, he’s surely close.

              • BT

                He averages 3 batters per outing and faces almost as many righties as lefties. That’s pretty much the antithesis of a LOOGY. I think I should be dating Mila Kunis, but that don’t make it so.

            • Kyle

              He’s been brutal against right-handed batters this year. Really brutal.

          • jpeck

            Would you please stop blaming Sveum for poor play by average players. He was blamed for Strop last night. Not letting Russell face a righty last night. Letting Russell face a righty today. If you think you know baseball, make the criticisms BEFORE the outcome.

            • willis

              Look back in the thread, I said Villanueva should be done after the 6th and 92 pitches, credited him for a great start and was hoping the pen would be brought in to finish it out. That was well before he left dude out there for the 7th.

    • wvcubsfan

      Guess I can see it either way. Hope he can sneak through the 7th, then turn it over to the pen. Although you have to figure Strop and probably Parker aren’t available.

  • On The Farm

    Sveum is eventually going to have to go to Bowden, Rondon, or Sanchez at some point isn’t he? I am not mad he used Russell there, but it seems like Russell, Strop, Parker, and Gregg have been the only ones pitching lately.

    • willis

      Putting up against all RH hitters, not a good thing to use Russell there. Should have pulled Villanueva and gone probably Bowden there.

    • wvcubsfan

      When he does everyone complains that they are being used in any situation that doesn’t include the Cubs being up or down by 10 runs.

      Can’t have it both ways.

  • Austin

    Anyone know where a good Chicago style pizza around Wrigley Field is?

    • Vulcan

      Lou Malnati’s. Bit of a walk but it’s worth it.

  • Rcleven

    Rizzo is really hot.

  • cb

    Had this a couple weeks ago – work at Clark/Division – wasn’t impressed. I put it behind:

    Giordano’s, Aurelio’s, Eduardo’s, and one place I had in Wrigleyville 3-4 years ago.

  • Vulcan


  • William

    Only the Cubs can sweep the defending champs and turn around and lose two straight to the seller dwelling Brewers.

    • William

      I meant cellar, but you get the point.