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wrigley field from right bleachersSo much for the Brewers being a doormat in this series. Who started that ridiculous rumor?

Jake Arrieta starts for the Cubs in his debut with the club. He’s obviously one to watch as we look ahead to the near-term future.

You’re going to look at the lineup, and you’re going to see things – Nate Schierholtz out against a righty, Darwin Barney sitting. You’re going to want to do some mental gymnastics and predict a trade. Sure, maybe that’s what’s up. Obviously the Schierholtz smoke is quite billow-y right now. But, keep in mind: this is Game Two of a doubleheader. Sometimes the lineup looks wonky because it’s Game Two of a doubleheader.

But, like, yeah, be on the lookout for Bro Hugs.

Game Info

Milwaukee Brewers (45-61) at Chicago Cubs (48-57), 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

Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 2.95 ERA, 3.69 FIP)

versus

Jake Arrieta (0-0, -.– ERA, (with Cubs, anyway))

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Logan Schafer, RF

2. Jeff Bianchi, SS

3. Jonathan Lucroy, C

4. Carlos Gomez, CF

5. Khris Davis, LF

6. Juan Francisco, 1B

7. Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B

8. Scooter Gennett, 2B

9. Tyler Thornburg, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Junior Lake, LF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Dioner Navarro, C

5. Luis Valbuena, 2B

6. Starlin Castro, SS

7. Cody Ransom, 3B

8. Cole Gillespie, RF

9. Jake Arrieta, P

  • Brian Peters

    Yo, Brett, I don’t think you have to worry about the Cubs going .500 for the year given their recent performance. And, by the way, you’re doing a fine job. How ya feelin’?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Tired. Legitimately tired. I need the late-night buzz soon.

      • DarthHater

        Come on, only 22 hours to go!

      • MichiganGoat

        Just wait till the beer kicks in from the late night crowd!

      • mudge

        Caffeine dehydrates. Keep pounding water & take deep slow breaths.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Can’t I pound caffeine and water, too? I’m going to need the caffeine. I can tell.

          • mudge

            Yup, just alternate with some plain ol’ miraculous water.

            • Crockett

              This isn’t true. If you drink coffee, tea, or pop daily…you won’t have the diuretic effect. Drink what you want, sir.

            • Coop

              [img]http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lm4d19wdsa1qefo9jo1_500.jpg[/img]

              Or go Rick James style! That’ll keep you awake!

        • Drew7

          “Pound water and take deep, slow breaths.”

          Sounds pretty nap-inducing to me.

  • ssckelley

    Whar Schierholtz?

  • Jon

    I hope this Tyler kid isn’t a “Thornburg” in the Cubs side!

    • Blublud

      No claps. Lol

      • Cubbie Blues

        Darth please no meme for clap.

      • MichiganGoat

        [img]http://www.easymemes.com/uploads/memes/8946_A9Pj95EuvmgMmgs.jpg[/img]
        You didn’t say I couldn’t

        • Cubbie Blues

          At least it wasn’t the clap I was thinking of.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Salesguy

    +1 goat :)

  • @cubsfantroy

    Give him #49 and he walks the first batter he faces. Yay.

  • jpeck

    I think Arrieta could be a #1 in 2014

    • Arrieta’sUncle

      I hope you are right.

    • Jon

      A #1 on a terrible team.

    • Mush

      I hope tongue in cheek.

      • jpeck

        Firmly in cheek

  • KidCubbie

    At least Arrieta looks like a stud athlete. Good live arm.

  • Mush

    This ump squeezing him and calls for brewer pitcher. Worst year ever for umps.

  • Jono

    Im liking arrieta…..OH, DIONER HIT IN THE NUTS.

    • jpeck

      He can really throw the javelin too. Oh, that was his bat.

  • Jonathn

    Do you think if this team were more competitive they would play Navarro more at catcher? To my eye he’s better than Castillo. Someone correct me with some stats or something.

    • Jimmy James

      As a hitter yes, at defense…not so much

  • jpeck

    My Baltimore source says at the time of the trade: ” Arrieta would no-hit the Yankees for 4 innings, then will have a blow-up inning where he gets wild and gets hit around.”

    • nkniacc13

      makes sense for a pitcher that struggles at times with control

      • jpeck

        I’m pretty sure this Brewer lineup doesnt compare to the old Yankee lineups.

        He didnt seem disappointed about losing either Balt. pitcher, but I like them both so far.

  • KidCubbie

    What’s the best rookie season as a first baseman for the Cubs.

    • KidCubbie

      ?

    • Cub Fan in Hickory(Mike S)

      Grace batted .276 with a .391 OBP his rbis and runs scored were low but Its probably hard to top Gracie. Maybe Frank Chance back in the way day.

      • Cub Fan in Hickory(Mike S)

        Grace batted .296 with a .371, sorry battling a bout of dyslexia

        • KidCubbie

          Thanks. Just curious as to how Rizzo compares.

  • X the Cubs Fan

    Robert Murray ‏@RobertMurrayMLB 1m
    Jackie Bradley Jr. pulled from Triple-A game today, per @redsoxstats. Trade? Injury? #RedSox

    • VegasGoat

      maybe wavy deal?

      • VegasGoat

        Maybe Peavy deal?*

        • nkniacc

          Lee deal?

          • VegasGoat

            You’d have to check if 5 of their top 10 prospects got pulled if it were a Lee trade. I don’t think he’s going any where

    • Rcleven

      Alex Speier ‏@alexspeier 9m

      Jackie Bradley Jr. has been replaced by pinch-hitter Justin Henry in Pawtucket, but industry source says no trade involving him is imminent

  • William

    Arrieta has some sadistic pitches, but he needs to stop nibbling and just attack the hitters.

    • Rcleven

      Does have some nasty stufff.

  • SalukiHawk

    Is that nibbling, or failure to locate?

    • William

      To me, he looks tentative and is trying too hard to make the perfect pitch.

  • David

    Wondering if Arrieta can be a closer… Looks like one. His fastball seems to be his best pitch, by far. Maybe he can get upto 97/ 98 MPH as a closer.

    • Rcleven

      Made a nice start. Two hitter in six. That’s a quality start.
      I’ll take that any time.

  • William

    Why would you throw Juan Francisco a strike? Especially after he swung at a pitch ten miles in the dirt. I know I said you should attack, but there’s always an exception to every rule.

  • Jon

    This ump is a fucking bum. That was a bullshit call on Lake

  • Arrieta’sUncle

    Good start!

  • Jon

    I hope this ump gets ass cancer

    • Jed Jam Band

      Yo, can we quit it with the inflammatory comments?

    • Cubbie Blues

      Seriously, that is completely uncalled for.

    • MichiganGoat

      Okay just to be clear… you don’t like the ump? Mkay, got it now bang a different drum.

  • Jon

    Squeezed Lake prior AB to this one with pitch 6 inches low and outside of the zone , caused Lake to expand his zone the next AB. This guy shouldn’t have a job

    • Drew7

      Ok, but “ass cancer”?

      Are you 5?

      • mudge

        Ask answer.

  • BT

    Castro has to catch that goddamn ball.

    But I assume this one’s on Sveum

    • Carew

      I have a feeling that was one of those harder-than-it-looks plays

      • ssckelley

        Nope, it was an easy catch.

  • Vulcan

    And there goes the lead. Unbelievable…

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

    You 2013 Cubs — the most unclutch team in the majors.

    The Gregg 3-2 pitch was a strike, though.

  • willis

    You can’t make this stuff up. Two blown games in one day. Outstanding stuff. Y’all worried about the draft pick can rest easy, this thing has gone off the rails.

  • Jeff

    I guess it’s pretty easy to figure out why Russell and Gregg weren’t traded today…lol

    • BT

      that wasn’t remotely Gregg’s fault.

      • ssckelley

        No Gregg’s pitches looked good.

  • Tom A.

    Ugh ! Dog-gone Marmol, I mean Gregg.

  • Crockett

    Cubs will be back into protected pick territory! Hell yeah!

  • RY34

    Well back to harsh reality of being one of the worst teams in baseball!

  • Jonathn

    Why does Barney always seem to bat in clutch spots? This lineup is hard to watch

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