Pre-Gamin’: Nationals v. Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc. (Social Media Night/Wacky Lineup Night)

cubs social media nightIt’s Social Media Night at Wrigley Field, and, since I do a little bit of social media’ing, I’m headed there early-ish. I hope to see many of you there – I’ll be the kinda short guy in a blue BN shirt, jeans, and blue/yellow shoes (that are awesome).

As for the game, Dale Sveum decided to say the hell with it, and tossed out a crazy lineup.

… or did he? At this point in the year, given their struggles, why not just let Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo get as many plate appearances as possible? They can work on things before the season ends, and maybe head into the offseason with some confidence. To that end, they’re batting 1-2 tonight, and that’s just fine with me.

Jake Arrieta gets the start in his try-out for the rotation next year. So far, so good.

Game Info

Washington Nationals (61-64) at Chicago Cubs (54-71), 7:05 CT on WGN.

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

Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.85 ERA, 2.89 FIP)


Jake Arrieta (2-2, 4.91 ERA, 4.40 FIP (Cubs and O’s combined, because why not?))

Washington Nationals Lineup

(This is last night’s lineup, which will undoubtedly change. I had to head out, so if someone could helpfully post the lineup in the comments when it comes out, I’d be much obliged.)

1. Bryce Harper, CF

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Jayson Werth, RF

5. Wilson Ramos, C

6. Tyler Moore, 1B

7. Anthony Rendon, 2B

8. Scott Hairston, LF

9. Ross Ohlendorf, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

3. Junior Lake, CF

4. Nate Schierholtz, RF

5. Donnie Murphy, 3B

6. Brian Bogusevic, LF

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Jake Arrieta, P

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

213 responses to “Pre-Gamin’: Nationals v. Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc. (Social Media Night/Wacky Lineup Night)”

  1. Werner

    One half (third? fourth?) of the core is OK!

  2. Mick

    No choice but wgn radio tonight. Pat Hughes and co. have now talked about Neal Diamond songs for 5 minutes. Baseball please. Later in games they do trivia with a damn buzzer. WGN producer–help us out here please.

  3. someday...2015?

    Baez HR!

  4. baldtaxguy

    Baez is just a beast. 3R HR

  5. Rudy

    3-0 and 3-1 counts with 2 on, 1 out and first base open and they pitch fastballs to Baez. When are teams going to stop doing that in the Southern League?

    1. Mr. B. Patient


    2. baldtaxguy

      I would guess a pitcher wins big getting Baez out regardless of the situation, and if not (like Arroyo), they are just one of many losers. I’m sure they are not coaching pitchers to back down from such a challenge.

  6. ssckelley

    This game going to get ugly. You cannot walk batters in Wrigley with the wind blowing out.

    1. ssckelley

      And there it went. Could see that coming.

  7. someday...2015?

    Baez 3-3 so far tonight. Homerun and two singles.

  8. Soda Popinski


    1. Soda Popinski

      *Baez, that is. The future looks bright for this kid.

  9. cubs123

    RIZZO OGM…….

  10. Drew7

    That was a B.O.M.B.

    1. Blublud

      He must be concerned that they are going to convert Baez to a 1B

      -Die Hard

      1. Mr. B. Patient

        Well done, Blu.

  11. cub2014

    lake just continues to get on base

  12. ssckelley

    Keep Rizzo in the 2 spot

  13. X the Cubs Fan

    I want Mashiro Tananka and Carlos Rondon.

  14. jkppkj

    Is Cole Gillespie even a more accomplished hitter than Carlos Villanueva?

  15. Jason P

    I saw you on TV right after the murphy single, Brett!

    1. Jason P

      And again just now during the gillespie AB as you checked your phone lol

    2. ssckelley

      Was he the one giving the camera a thumbs up?

      1. Jason P

        I think so. He had the blue BN shirt on.

        1. ssckelley

          Yep, defiantly him after I switched the Gillespie at bat over. He was showing his buddy something on his phone.

      2. Drew7

        Testing new gravitar pic…

        1. Drew7

          Damn…try again.

          1. Soda Popinski

            Your pic is working.

            1. Drew7

              I tried to change it but can’t get it to work.

              1. Drew7


          2. Drew7


    3. Jp3

      Never mind I found it. I can’t believe anyone caught that

  16. Mike S


    Just saw you on TV right before Gillepsie hit the basehit. Pretty cool.

    1. college_of_coaches

      saw him also, good call Mike (watching dvr on delay)

    2. Jp3

      When was this, I dvrd the game too!

    3. Jp3

      Was this the WGN broadcast? Looking for it around the Gillespie hit but don’t see him

      1. Mike S

        Yes. WGN broadcast. It was right before the Gillespie hit. They scan the bleachers from the announcers point of view. Only a couple seconds…

  17. Mr. B. Patient

    Baez…doing his best Rizzo impersonation, I guess. 4 for 4, 2 HR.
    AA OPS now 1.027. Yowsa.

  18. Jason (Thundermug)

    Mr. B Patient beat me to the Punch but Javier Baez is on fire !!!

  19. Blublud

    Baez with another bomb

  20. Wester

    I am in love with javier Baez. Like I’m talking man crush of all man crushes here. Anybody that doesn’t have seriously needs to pony up the 9 bucks a month so you can watch this guy. My wife was making fun of me for loving a minor league player so much, so i handed her my iPad for his last at bat and said just watch. First pitch home run to left!

    1. Mr. B. Patient

      If they trade Javier Baez, I will cry. Can you imagine this kid in Wrigley with the wind blowing out like tonight?

      1. Jp3

        Yeah, he’d strike out the 1st 2 ABs and then hit 2 HRs because that’s what he does;). He’s going to be fun

        1. Losing makes u better 62-100 > 75-87

          I think it’s not actually that unlikely we’d deal Baez. He’s a huge trade chip that could bring back a huge proven ML talent return…cough cough…Giancarlo Stanton.

          But I really hope we don’t trade the Baez because he is a really exciting player

          1. Mr. B. Patient

            I would say, at this point, it’s unlikely, but not impossible.

    2. Blublud

      I think Baez is the best prospect in baseball. Byron is have a great season, but Baez is almost exactly 1 year older and exactly 1 level higher(it evens out) and his overall stats at AA crushes Buxtons numbers. In 202 PA, Buxton has 14 xbh, Baez has twice that in 189 PA. Baez has a OPS 140 pts higher, the walk rate is very similar, and for a guy who doesn’t have Baez’s power, Buxton still strikes out over 20% of the time. Oh, and Baez play a more premium position.

      I know most folks will disagree, but it definitely debatable.

      1. Eternal Pessimist

        Seems to be reasonably debatable at this point.

      2. someday...2015?

        I’m so in love with Baez right now I think I might agree with you. Kid is just a flat out stud!

        1. Blublud

          Len and JD were just talking about him on WGN. The guy is MLB ready right now. I don’t think he makes the team out of ST, but I think service time will be the only reason why.

      3. Mr. B. Patient

        I would say he would be in the conversation, but I bet very few prospect ranking guys will put him in the top 5. Just today, Keith Law said he wouldn’t rank him above Lindor because of Lindor’s defense. (Law seems to think Baez has no chance to stick at short).

        I think the consensus will be:
        Sano/Springer/Baez next.

        Not that I agree, but that’s how I see them being ranked. (position players only). It doesn’t matter, though. Come June of 2014, he won’t be on any prospect lists.

        1. Sean T

          Baez can probably be serviceable at SS but probably not ML average defensively at SS. He’s very athletic and can make some great plays in the field but he doesn’t have great range. I think he could still play SS in the bigs but there will a lot of errors over at short. His bat more then makes up for it though.

          1. Drew7

            The problem is his bat is gonna be ready *way* before his glove. He just doesn’t have the reps yet.

          2. Luke

            I’m not sure of this. Baez looked much better at short than I expected when I saw him in person. He had better range than I anticipated, very good reactions, soft hands, and his throws were generally on target. He needs more repetitions to smooth out the rough edges, as does any young shortstop, but I suspect in two or three years league average would be very doable.

            1. Losing makes u better 62-100 > 75-87

              Luke: do you think Baez could be better defensively then Castro? I feel like Castro has better range, but Baez has softer hands and a stronger arm. What makes Castro so bad is his mental errors and this year he has had a lot (more then usual) botched balls in the field this year

              1. Luke

                Castro has the higher ceiling defensively.

                Will Baez maximize his potential to such a great degree he can pass Castro despite Castro’s higher ceiling? That’s a tough call.

                Right now I think Baez is changing positions, but given Castro’s plummeting defensive metrics this year, I am not as confident on that as I was in March.

        2. Blublud

          Baez can play SS, and the only 2 prospect who I might take over Baez is Correa or Springer is 23, so I doubt I would take him. Baez stats are better then anybody else’s on this list, either by level or age. I would take Correa over Buxton, Lindor or Taveras and I would take Baez over either one also.

          1. Mr. B. Patient

            For me, admitting my Cub prospect bias, it’s Baez, Buxton, then Sano.

  21. Soda Popinski

    Yikes. That AB by Castro. He was (is?) my favorite player on the Cubbies but I have to admit he’s starting to give me the heebie-jeebies. This approach just doesn’t suit him. I’d like to point out that there have been plenty of good hitters with such great hand-eye coordination that they swung at nearly everything and have been successful. Adam Jones, Aramis Ramirez and Vlad Guerrero come to mind.

  22. ssckelley

    Ok, gotta question why you leave Russell in there to face Hairston who kills lefties.

  23. Soda Popinski

    Hairston with revenge… dang.

  24. Jason P

    Why the heck was Russell left in there versus Hairston. He’s terrible against all righties since April.

  25. Eternal Pessimist

    And now…a new installment of Captain Hindsight. I wish we would have traded Russell.

  26. Jason P

    Too bad the minor league season doesn’t run through September. I’d love to see Baez get 40.

    1. Drew7

      What’s crazy is there’s probably a nonzero chance that he gets there anyway. Isn’t he at 33 or 34?

      1. Jp3

        Well they have 11 games left not counting the playoffs so he should get to close to 40 HRs. He just has to get hot for about 3 games and he’s got it easily seeing he’s at 33 now

      2. Kyle

        He’s at 33. 7 in 11 games isn’t likely, but knowing Baez he could do it in two nights.

        1. Jp3

          That’s exactly what I was getting at. When dude gets to 35 he’ll be swinging for the fence every AB from there on out

  27. Losing makes u better 62-100 > 75-87

    Scott Hairston trade for the win!!!! Seriously good A ball pitcher (ivan pineyro), and another loss closer to a better draft pick!

  28. Jeff

    Man, Russell has been horrible this past week :(

  29. Justin

    Russell doing his best Shawn camp impersonation.. I remember when we thought he was the next Sean Marshall. He’s gotta go soon

    1. Losing makes u better 62-100 > 75-87

      We should have traded Russell while we had the chance

  30. someday...2015?

    Baez gets the job done in the top of the 9th with a RBI sac fly.

    1. someday...2015?

      .. after the Barons tied the game in the bottom of the 8th. Kid’s clutch.

    2. ssckelley

      It was also his 100th RBI

      1. Blublud

        And his third game winning RBI in about a week.

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