pnc parkThe Cubs can split the four-game series with the Pirates today. Doing so could knock the Pirates out of a tie for first in the NL Central with the Cardinals. With the Cardinals. The Cubs could do that today. By winning against the Pirates. Er herm.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (63-85) at Pittsburgh Pirates (86-62), 12:35 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

Travis Wood (9-11, 3.05 ERA, 3.87 FIP)


Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.92 ERA, 2.73 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Jose Tabata, LF

2. Jordy Mercer, SS

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Marlon Byrd, RF

5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Tony Sanchez, C

8. Neil Walker, 2B

9. Francisco Liriano, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Donnie Murphy, 3B

5. Junior Lake, CF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Darnell McDonald, RF

8. Brian Bogusevic, LF

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Blublud

    Who is that Junior Lake guy batting fifth. Did we just acquire him.

  • Randy

    Old McDonald had a farm back in lineup and Barney blows equals Sveum YOU are fired.

  • J.L.

    God, why Barney in the 2 spot? I’d rather have Travis Wood there.

    • baldtaxguy

      I think this comment has jumped the shark.

  • Bill

    Mcdonald,Murphy,Barney and Bogey are the future of the the cubs so lay off of Dusty Sveum.

  • cub2014

    da bears!

  • Jeff

    I’m sorry, Junior Lake needs alot of work in the outfield on reading balls and running routes.

    • MichiganGoat

      Yes he does

      • Starlin Backer

        Of course. Does this surprise you given he spent his entire career in the infield?

      • Starlin Backer

        At least we aren’t trying to convert a first baseman with limited athletic ability.

  • Die hard

    Glad that Castro defense is now ML — he needs to take entire winter off to shake off rest of season and come back with a clear head and new mgr

  • Cubbie Tim

    Go Bucs. Cuck the Fardinals.

  • N.J. Riv

    The Cubs played today?