wrigley field from right bleachers

Scott Baker makes his season debut today, which should make for very interesting viewing. To make room on the 40-man roster for Baker, Cody Ransom was designated for assignment. A veteran who’d long stopped producing, Ransom was not going to be kept on the roster over the offseason anyway. He’ll likely seek out a minor league deal to begin the 2014 season.

Game Info

Milwaukee Brewers (61-80) at Chicago Cubs (60-81), 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

Yovani Gallardo (10-9, 4.31 ERA, 3.96 FIP)


Scott Baker (Season Debut)

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Norichika Aoki, RF

2. Jean Segura, SS

3. Jonathan Lucroy, C

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Carlos Gomez, CF

6. Scooter Gennett, 2B

7. Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B

8. Logan Schafer, LF

9. Yovani Gallardo, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Nate Schierholtz, RF

5. Brian Bogusevic, LF

6. Donnie Murphy, 2B

7. Junior Lake, CF

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Scott Baker, P

  • Steve Ontiveros’ Mustache

    Let me be the first to express happiness that Barney is not in the lineup. :)

  • Walter Sobchak

    Lol yes no Barney but you gotta love Bogs and Murphy

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    Baker gets through 1st inning 1 walk 0 runs

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    Baker 2nd inning 1 2 3, Could Be?

    • http://bleachenation Sacko

      4 innings Might Be?

      • http://bleachenation Sacko

        5 innings 55 pitches. IT IS!

        • Jeff

          $100,00 a pitch

  • P Hertz

    Scott Baker looking like Scott Baker in the 5th. I assume he’ll be #5 in next year’s rotation ’cause of an innings limit. Shark, Jackson, Wood, , Baker. Seems like a rotation you can win with if you have decent run support and a bullpen.

    • Andrew

      Unfortunately thats a big if with the current team. If they add Tanaka, I go from liking that rotation to really loving it. Cubs also have a good amount of depth for the 4-5 spots in the rotation for next year. Between Cabrera, Hendricks, Vizcaino and Rusin, I think at least one of them could slot in nicely as a 4th or 5th starter for next year with some upside to be even better than that

  • Jeff

    This whole inning unraveling is all Dale Sveum’s fault! To put in the left-hander and then not substitute him after they switch the batter????

    That is just poor managing and bad decision making period, the reason this team is horrible.

    I know in the long run it doesn’t really matter, we stay in place for the fourth draft pick.

    But watching this game unravel in the Seventh is all about Dale Sveum being a shitty manager!!!!!

    He finds ways to lose

    • Joe

      Think about what you just said……

      “That is just poor managing and bad decision making period, the reason this team is horrible.”

      Yea sure. It’s all Dale’s fault. Ransom, Barney, Valbuena, Castro, etc…….those guys have nothing to do with why this team sucks right. ha ha

      • Jeff

        Well smart guy, Ransom was waived today and Barney isn’t in the lineup, kind of hard to blame those two.

        I can watch a manager make the switch for a left handed pitcher, see the opposing manager remove his left handed hitter for a right handed hitter and watch our manager sit there and not do shit and what three runs cross the plate.

        I can watch a rookie center fielder make another wild throw that never would beat the runner to home and allow the base runner to second base. Watch our team allow their base runners continually move into scoring positions due to our indifference on defense.

        That is poor fundamentals that we continually see all the time, I’m tired of seeing the same old shit. Somebody needs to stand up and say enough is enough, not Dale Sveum.

        I’m talking

        • Andrew

          the reason this team is going to lose today,, if they do, is because they only scored one run. The team needs more players that are good at hitting. Sveum cannot create more players that are good at hitting.

        • Joe

          Well “smart guy”…ha

          My point is, since you didn’t get it the first time, guys like Ransom and Barney are still bigger reasons why this team has sucked all year.

          One more time. The number one reason why this team sucks is because it has sucky players. Managers get way too much blame for bad teams.

          • Jeff

            I’m sorry that all you guys like to find easy excuses to justify your beliefs.

            Sure we don’t have as talented players as other teams, we also don’t have as talented managers as other teams.

            I can sit here and cry all day long about lacking better players, that won’t change anything that does happen on the field.

            The manager that we do have is responsible for the players we do have, and excusing the players lack of fundamental skills or the lack of decent decision making by the manager is a cop out.

            It is what it is, you don’t all of a sudden get the “most talented players” and then automatically start winning.

            Winning in sports is developed over time and institutionalized by the organization in everything they do, preparations, practice, drills, game situations, attitudes and beliefs.

            The Cubs have institutionalized losing and it still too widely prevalent in every aspect of this organization, from the way the prepare, play the game and the way the fans “accept” the losing.

            After all, we lack decent players…right??????????? that’s the only problem that separates us from 29 other teams

            • Joe

              Easy excuse? It really is that simple. Good players win, bad players don’t win as much. If anything a lot of people overthink some things (Managers decisions etc.)

              “The Cubs have institutionalized losing and it still too widely prevalent in every aspect of this organization, from the way the prepare, play the game and the way the fans “accept” the losing.”

              Not everyone cares about the ML team losing this year because this org is finally trying to fix things from the ground up. Huge progress has been made at the lower levels……This should lead to less losing at the ML level by getting better players up on the team in the future.

            • MichiganGoat

              Jeff you do realize that the easiest excuse is to blame the manager?

              • caryatid62

                It’s also the most boring. And the laziest.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            There is some evidence accumulating that managers are able to get greater productivity out of their players: but that this skill really emerges later in players careers. Basically, it looks like there is a tendency for players to outperform expectations (based on prior seasons and trends typical for that sort of player). How much of this is motivation, and how much is simply managers becoming more savvy about when to rest guys, etc., is open to speculation.

            There still is no evidence that there are managers who are better able to get their teams to do things like win close games than are others. And this Cubs team is still a -0.016 OPS team: and their wins are within range of the winning rate predicted by that.

            • DocPeterWimsey

              Whoops, sorry: later in *managers* careers.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      “To put in the left-hander and then not substitute him after they switch the batter???”

      Rule 3.05(b): if you bring in a new pitcher, then he must complete the PA for which he was brought in, barring injury. Changing the batter does not alter it: you bring in a lefty to face their LHB, then that left must pitch against the RHB pinch-htter.

      • Hansman1982

        But he should have known that the other guy was going to do that and brought in the other guy! Stoopid dale

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Blame Ricketts: he’s too stingy to buy Dale the Time Machine to go forward and figure out what will happen. (I hear that Type 40’s are practically a steal these days….)

          • Hansman1982

            Type 40’s are cheap right now, and when dale comes out as two people we can, probably, still only pay him as one.

            Double word score.

  • Jeff

    Not hitting the cutoff man, letting runners advance, a general attitude of not giving a shit, this team pisses me off.

    • http://bleachenation Sacko

      Your right, we have a 1000 guys in the BP now! Could have gone right righty DALE is a dork

      • http://bleachenation Sacko

        oops thanks rule 3.05 my bad

  • TWC

    ::laughs at the “Scott Baker’s only going to go 1.2 IP w/ 8 ER” crowd::

    • Andrew

      But he didnt even get the win so who cares…No TWTW…Worst misteak since colvin and campana left…bring back theriot?…am i doing this right?

      • Castro to Barney to Chance


      • DocPeterWimsey

        Add some “heart,” “hustle” and “belly-fire” comments and you are smokin’!

  • The Dude Abides

    Hey Hansman wasn’t Ransom one of your three success stories you credited Rowson with helping earlier this year as our hitting coach along with Valbuena (712 OPS) & Schierholtz (788).

    Well at least with Cody gone Rowson can focus on Barney (587), Rizzo (751) & Castro (624) the three starters with the most AB’s this season.