wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs have lost five in row, and it ain’t because of the pitching. We’ll see if both ends of that hold true again today, with Edwin Jackson starting, and the lineup stacked with righty bats to face lefty Tony Cingrani.

I won’t even mention Jackson’s hilariously inflated .396 BABIP, which is almost certainly the primary reason for his elevated ERA, because I know that’s not what people want to hear about Jackson.

The Cubs have scored just one run over their last three games. Woof.

If the Cubs lose today, they lock in their sixth straight series loss to open the season. Double woof.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (7-9) at Chicago Cubs (4-11), 1:20 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. 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

Tony Cingrani (2.60 ERA 3.07 FIP, 3.73 xFIP; 2.22 K/BB)


Edwin Jackson (6.19 ERA, 3.76 FIP, 5.03 xFIP; 1.27 K/BB)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Billy Hamilton, CF

2. Joey Votto, 1B

3. Brandon Phillips, 2B

4. Jay Bruce, RF

5. Todd Frazier, 3B

6. Chris Heisey, LF

7. Devin Mesoraco, C

8. Zack Cosart, SS

9. Tony Cingrani, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2. Junior Lake, LF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Justin Ruggiano, RF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Mike Olt, 3B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Edwin Jackson, P

  • Kyle

    Olt reminding us again why he can’t start against righties.

    • half_full_beer_mug

      think you mean *shouldn’t*

  • Beast Mode

    Barney in the 4 spot next game? Everyone else has been there.

  • cubmig


    …….oddity, absurbity, luck….who cares! I’lltake it!!!

  • willis

    As much as we knock on Barney for his bat, that HR was huge. The way things were starting to come unhinged…yo. Huge insurance runs, and then Lake gets the cubs one more. Love it.

  • Funn Dave

    We are so lucky they got greedy.

  • cubmig

    oh …..if only Olt could field like Barney!!!!!

  • cubmig

    Fuck Yeah BEEF!!!!!!


  • half_full_beer_mug

    Wonder what is up with Rizzo? Hopefully it isn’t anything but a little rest.

    • roz

      On one hand, I don’t want Rizzo to be injured. On the other hand, I don’t want to think that Renteria took our best hitter out of the lineup in the 8th inning of a game merely to give him some rest.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        It could be an intermediate scenario. If Rizzo tweaked something going over the tarp, then it’s a sensible precaution to take him out, particularly given that the Cubs had a decent lead.

  • Eternal Pessimist

    Nice 0-5 w/ Barney putting him out to end the game…time for a cold one.

  • FFP


  • cubmig

    Damn. Cubs Won. What next? ……a Scary Tomorrow?

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