pnc parkJake Arrieta goes for the Cubs on Friday the 13th. It would be more ominous if the Cubs weren’t 22 games under .500.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (62-84) at Pittsburgh Pirates (85-61), 6:05 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 lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jake Arrieta (3-4, 5.49 ERA, 4.65 FIP (combined))


Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.44 ERA, 3.66 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Jose Tabata, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Justin Morneau, 1B

5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

6. Russell Martin, C

7. Garrett Jones, RF

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. Charlie Morton, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Dioner Navarro, C

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Ryan Sweeney, CF

7. Brian Bogusevic, LF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jake Arrieta, P

  • Bill

    I like to see what this Barney guy and Valbuna guy can do…ugh!

  • mjhurdle

    for the talent we have, this isn’t the worst lineup.
    I would probably swap Bogus for Lake, but they seem to have a plan in regards to how much Lake is played.

    and of course the obvious omission of the ever-so-scrappy Babe Watkins

  • EQ76

    it’s sad to see our lineup.. the only names that jump out as legit pieces are hitting a combined .230.. sad, sad lineup.

  • Joycedaddy

    How does Arrieta do tonight on a scale of TOR, Good, “servicable,” bad, or cubes?

    • Brett

      I’m going to be optimistic and say good.

  • Cubbie Tim

    Let’s go Bucs. Cuck the Fardinals

  • salesguy

    I look at things like this lineup, and find myself fed up with Dale, people can talk about the FO and dale having some kind of plan for how much lake is played, but with Rizzo at .230 and holding, shouldn’t we perhaps think about modifying his “Plan” as well? But strangely, I still see his name in the lineup every day.

    • Pat

      What they are doing is limiting his time so that he has less chance to slip dramatically from his current numbers, so that he can be pointed out as a reason for optimism when they send the STH renewal letters.

  • EB

    I think it is pretty evident that a fan interfered on the Alvarez inside-the-parker. His arms were fully extended, over the railing. If it gets called, then Alvarez probably ends up on second or third, depending on where the Umps place him, and it changes the entire complexion of the inning.

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    Whats the measurement on Rizzo’s HR… HOLY!

    • TOOT

      Not sure. But the word is the ball ctually left PNC park and hit someone one a boat in the Allegeny river at the time. If true, I think that would make it a 500 foot homer!

    • TOOT

      Also, I think Rizzo would be the first person to hit a ball into the river since PNC Park was built.