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Another battle of bottom dwellers, with the nadir of the NL Central on the line.

Game Info

Milwaukee Brewers (60-79) at Chicago Cubs (59-80), 1:20 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 lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Kyle Lohse (9-8, 3.32 ERA, 4.16 FIP)

versus

Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.74 ERA, 4.20 FIP)

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Norichika Aoki, RF

2. Jean Segura, SS

3. Jonathan Lucroy, C

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Carlos Gomez, CF

6. Khris Davis, LF

7. Sean Halton, 1B

8. Jeff Bianchi, 2B

9. Kyle Lohse, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Nate Schierholtz, RF

5. Ryan Sweeney, CF

6. Donnie Murphy, 3B

7. Junior Lake, LF

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Chris Rusin, P

  • cubmig

    It’s 8pm here in Edinborough, Scotland……..thanks to the technology and mlbtv, I’m able to still plug in and…..despite the draft-pick benefit……I am still root for my Cubs to win—–

  • MightyBear

    I must say that this is a very stress free time to be a Cubs fan. It they win, great. Hopefully, guys of the future like Rizzo, Castro, Castillo, Samardijza, Wood, Parker, Strop do well. If they lose, then we get the benefit of possibly moving up for a draft pick and more money for the draft. No downside.

    • Edwin

      Unless Rizzo, Castro, Castillo, Samardijza, Wood, Parker, and Strop don’t do well. I think that would be the downside.

      • MightyBear

        If they do you tell yourself its only one game. Hard for all of them to do poorly in the same game as I listed Wood and Samardijza.

  • Edwin

    So, with Castro and Barney batting 1 and 2, has there ever been a leadoff duo having as terrible a season as these two are having at the plate?

    • Cubbie Blues

      Zack Cozart batting 2nd is pretty bad, but he has Choo in front of him so it isn’t a duo.

  • Edwin

    I still root for Aramis Ramirez, even when he bats against the Cubs.

  • willis

    Wow, Junior lake with a granny. Hell yes young man. Love that dude.

  • Ginny C

    just curious- I know the tradition is to throw back opposing teams homerun balls, if the homerun ball was hit by a former Cub (Aramis Ramirez) do they still throw it back?

  • Ginny C

    just curious- I know the tradition is to throw back opposing teams homerun balls,but if the homerun ball was hit by a former Cub (Aramis Ramirez) do they still throw it back?

    • miggy80

      Good Question, I figure at that point it would determine who hit it and your personal preference. Aramis I’m keeping, Ian Stewart I’m throwing back maybe even at him.

  • Ginny C

    LOL, Miggy 80. I might throw it at Ian Stewart too.

  • jacob w

    Just got home what happened to rusin?

    • miggy80

      7 hits in 3.1 innings of work

  • Sean

    Not sure how this Milwaukee team is so bad. They need to upgrade: 1st base, SP rotation and Bullpen. I think there line-up is pretty good. they are set at almost every position. If they just pick up solid bullpen pieces and a some undervalued SP’s like the Cubs did with Villanueva and Feldman then I think they are at least at .500 or just below next season.

  • Sean

    It kind of cracks me up when I hear fans expect to have the second coming of “Murders Row” with Baez, Bryant, Almora, and Soler. So many fans I feel expect them ALL to be Perennial all-stars and just steam role are way to a worldseries. I give the chance that they all pan out at a 1% chance and that they all turn out to be perennial all-stars at 0.01% chance. Not to trying to be a pessimist but more of a realist

  • willis

    Villanueva with a strong showing so far. He’s been about what this club wanted this year. Gave some very good starts and has been decent out of the pen when needed.

  • Joey

    Random thought, I wonder how much consideration the FO will give to dumping Barney (offensively he’s atrocious) and moving Lake to 2B. Then they could sign Choo (a cheaper alternative to Ellsbury). Rizzo-Lake-Castro-Olt/Valbunea-Choo-Szczur-Schierholz.

    • Sean

      That acutally would be interesting but Lake is pretty terrible defensively in the infield from what i’ve seen and heard.

    • Sean

      I think if Lake could ever become just tolerable enough defensively at 3rd, SS, 2nd, and all 3 OF spots, his best role would be Super Utility guy. He could spell all the starters regularly through out the season and get about 400 AB’s a season. I think that would be his best role instead of a everyday starter at one position. Ultimately I think he will not be capable to defend all those positions at even an average level so I’m not sure what his future will hold. If I had to guess probably a 4th OF. But since next yr we still won’t be too good, I’m thinking he’ll be an everyday OF’er at least to start the season

    • ssckelley

      They would have to put up a shield behind first base to protect the fans from any errant throws.

  • cub2014

    Lake had less errors at short in his last season at SS then baez had this year and a bettet fielding%

    • Hansman1982

      It’s fewer and Baez was 20 playing at a lower level than the 25-year old Lake. You’d expect more errors.

      • Jason P

        Lake was only 22 at AA (his last year at SS), and he’s still only 23. Baez is obviously way young for his level, but 22 is still slightly younger than your average Southern league prospect.

        I think range was the bigger issue with Lake, since he grew so huge.

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