miller parkWell, a four-game sweep is on the line today in Milwaukee. Probably a fair bit of pride, too.

Hey, Logan Watkins gets a start.

I’m traveling to a wedding today (flight is this afternoon), so your Enhanced Box Score is likely to be delayed considerably.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (63-89) v. Milwaukee Brewers (68-83), 1:10 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.

Apologies for the lack of a Series Preview on this one. Just didn’t have time with the family move.

Starting Pitchers

Jake Arrieta (3-4, 5.49 ERA, 5.01 FIP (combined))


Kyle Lohse (10-9, 3.46 ERA, 4.10 FIP)

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Norichika Aoki, RF

2. Scooter Gennett, 2B Jean Segura, SS

3. Carlos Gomez, CF Jonathan Lucroy, C

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Logan Schafer, LF

6. Jeff Bianchi, SS

7. Juan Francisco, 1B

8. Martin Mald0nado

9. Kyle Lohse, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Nate Schierholtz, RF

5. Ryan Sweeney, CF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Junior Lake, LF

8. Logan Watkins, 2B

9. Jake Arrieta, P

  • Steve

    Great pitching performance by Arrieta. Four of the 5 runs scored today came because of homers. That’s an indication of the Cubs biggest problem this year: driving in runs with singles and doubles as opposed to the home run. The Cubs are one of the worst teams in plating RISP. Until the front office brings in players who can solve this major problem, the Cubs will never be successful.

    • willis

      Well that and their TJS obsession.

    • Drew7

      Their unusually high percentage of runs plated via the HR is due much more to the fact that they suck at getting on base.

      • Funn Dave

        Idk….Our RISP #s are pretty ridiculous….

        • Drew7

          You’re right, I should have phrased that differently.

          What I meant was: finding high-OBP guys to put at the top of our lineup is a much better solution than trying to find guys with clutchi-ness.

          • Funn Dave

            That’s true. Clutchi-ness is not very dependable.

  • Aaron

    Steve…good point on how 4 of the 5 runs scored today were from home runs.

    Does anyone know what percentage of the Cubs’ runs scored this season were the result of home runs? How does that % compare with the rest of the league?

  • Jason P

    Hopefully Watkins gets semi-regular starts down the stretch. It certainly wouldn’t hurt anything. I’ve read prospect profiles that say he can play second, third, both corner outfield spots, and even center field once in a while, so it’s not like Barney would need to be benched.

    • Funn Dave

      But my favorite part about Watkins playing is Barney getting benched!

  • Aaron

    “You just grind it out, that’s all you can do,” Sveum said. “Guys are grinding and doing the best they can, and we’ll see what happens.”

    Not the most optimistic or motivational speech I’ve ever heard before, but perhaps that is the current Cubs team mentality, which is kind of sad.

  • Die hard

    2nd base of future is Alacantra

  • Kramden

    Yeah, I don’t get it….

    One nite the entire team sucks eggs and looks totally catatonic and comatose & the next nite it’s the complete opposite.

    What gives with that?

    I’m getting the feeling that all Cub players either are or become schizophrenic once they put the “C” on.

    At some point these guys are going to have to decide which it’s going to be.

    In the meantime they’re driving me nuts… and I’m not even on their friggin team.

    • DarthHater

      Yea, it’s almost as if they were human beings engaged in a difficult competitive endeavor in which one sometimes succeeds and sometimes fails.

      • Die hard

        You will never have that concern ole master of the non sequitur

      • Kramden

        If we’re human “beings”, why aren’t dogs referred to as canine “beings” or fish as piscine “beings”?

        • wilbur

          some are seen as sentient, some not.

          • Kramden

            To being or not to being.

            Is that the question a dog or fish might ask themselves?

            And they decided “not”

            And us human beings respected their decision.

  • http://Bleachernation Oliver

    Three home runs from players that shouldn’t and
    Aren’t starters..probably bench players on a decent team?
    But at least we finally won a game.

  • Steve

    Sad fact: Our Cubbies have a team .219 season batting average with runners in scoring position. 250 for 1,144 is the worst average in the major leagues. No wonder so many close games have been lost this season.

    • Kramden

      Probably has more to do with the lack of a leader or leaders on the team than most of us realize.

      • Drew7

        Yeah, I’m sure if Jeter were on this team, Rizzo and Co would be thinking, “Well, shit – I *wasn’t* gonna try, but now Capt. Clutch is here. I better step up my game!”

        • Kramden

          Pretty much something like that.

          • Drew7

            Well, damn – here I thought players just did their best.

            • mjhurdle

              nope, without Captain Crunch, no one does there best.
              throw in some Crunch Berries and a World Series is a guarantee

              • mjhurdle

                dam those crunch berries

  • MikeG

    Where’s Brett?

    • Brett

      Just arrived at our wedding location. More on that in the morning – unfortunately no EBS tonight.

  • Hansman1982

    Hoy hdl, Sprtscentermustve cooked the books on some tape. They jus”showed” Girardi screw up his bullpen usage!!!!!!! This stuff only happens with Sveum!!!!!

    • mjhurdle

      not possible. Girardi is the greatest manager ever, and all his prospects obtain superstardom.

    • hansman1982

      “Hoy hdl, Sprtscentermustve ”

      wow, just wow.

      • Cubbie Blues

        You didn’t have a stroke, did you?