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weeghman parkOn the sleepy grass of Weeghman Park this afternoon, the Chicago Federals will host the Packers of Kansas City in a baseball contest. The cool air caresses the north Chicago ballpark, and the competitors may find it difficult to levy a great deal of offensive purchase. The woeful Packers have plumbed the depths of ineptitude in the yet nascent 1914 season, and the Chi-Feds seek to offer them no quarter today or any day.

The Cubs will look to win this four-game set against the Diamondbacks today while donning some sweet Chi-Feds duds and celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field (then known as Weeghman Park). The Cubs have already taken the first two games, and a win today would go great lengths to repairing some of the early-season frustration and despondence felt not only by the fans, but possibly by the players, too. Or maybe I’m just waxing dramatic because of my 1914 mindset.

Jeff Samardzija has been fantastic all year, and he’ll hopefully continue that stretch today. And, hey, maybe the Cubs will score more than 0 or 1 run off of Wade Miley.

Game Info

Kansas City Packers (5-18) at Chicago Cubs (7-12), 1:20 CT on WGN.

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

Wade Miley (4.35 ERA, 4.22 FIP, 3.75 xFIP; 2.08 K/BB)

versus

Jeff Samardzija (1.29 ERA, 2.78 FIP, 3.31 xFIP; 3.14 K/BB)

Kansas City Pakers Lineup

(Sorry – this is last night’s lineup. I had to head to the ballpark. If someone could drop the actual lineup in the comments, I’d be much obliged.)

1. Tony Campana, CF

2. Martin Prado, 2B

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

4. Eric Chavez, 3B

5. Cody Ross, LF

6. Gerardo Parra, RF

7. Chris Owings, SS

8. Tuffy Gosewisch, C

9. Wade Miley, P

Chicago Federals 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. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • Jon

    Can’t really blame Shark for wanting out. Loser organization. Losing mentality. Why get nickeled and dimed here when you can get paid somewhere else.

  • JAllman

    That loss was meaningless yet in some ways it was one of the worst Cubs losses ever including the Bartman game which I witnessed in person. Soooooooooo Pathetic!!!!!!!!!! and Frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • TWC

      No, it wasn’t.

      • renegade4196

        It was one of the more painful ones of the past three years I’d say for sure.

  • Q-Ball

    I want to congratulate Pedro Strop for earning his second HOLD of the year. Nice job!

    Go Feds!

  • BT

    No.no.no.no.no.

    No.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    Nothing like a kick in the balls to celebrate 100years. I think it should be obvious by now that Rondon is the best option we have in the pen. I don’t care how good Strop’s stuff is, we have seen this happen before. And Starlin is back! After making some spectacular plays he boots it and doesn’t even force the guy at second. This is the kind of play that makes it certainty that Shark never signs an extention.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    I’ll bet that Brett will have to recover from the nausea before he can write the recap.

  • WilliamGlass721

    Can everyone please stop whining and feeling sorry for themselves?!

  • Jason P

    You can’t have a closer who walks 5 guys per 9 innings. You just can’t. I don’t care if they throw hard or how nasty of a slider they have or whatever. When you’re up by three, you can’t give the other team free baserunners.

    Say what you will about curses or bad luck, but neither are the reason are the reason the Cubs have sucked in the clutch forever: it’s because their hitters don’t walk and their relievers can’t throw damn strikes.

    • http://kempfintl.com pfk

      Amen.

    • Jason P

      Since 2009, here are the number of walks issued by Cubs relievers and their ML rank:
      2009 – 256 (3rd worst)
      2010 – 235 (3rd worst)
      2011 – 227 (2nd worst)
      2012 – 259 (worst)
      2013 – 210 (6th worst)
      2014 – 35 (8th worst before today)

  • WilliamGlass721

    Strop wasn’t great, but he wasn’t terrible. A booted double play and he got a groundball that hit second base.

  • 70’s Cub

    Better options at the Farm! Send Strop and Vergas down to AAA and/or give them a release. This is the big league ball these guys are not prepared to throw strikes. Hoyer earn your f-ing paycheck do something this is year three protecting a three run lead should not be that hard to solve. Same old shitty Cubs……

  • Jason P

    And, oh yeah:

    2013 Castro on April 23rd: .277/.302/.422/.724
    2014 Castro on April 23rd: .284/.310/.395/.705

  • WilliamGlass721

    I also think Kalish should have been in right to start the ninth. Ruggiano probably blew out his hamstring because of that. Get well soon, Ruggiano!

  • Bill

    How does Ruggiano not catch the ball? It hung in the air forever. He took a terrible line and then was jogging after the ball. Ugh! Get rid of guys like Ruggiano and Kalish. They suck. Bring up Vitters and Alcantara to see what you have with those guys.

    • WilliamGlass721

      Kalish would have made that play!

  • http://kempfintl.com pfk

    And Brett said…”The Cubs will look to win this four-game set against the Diamondbacks today while donning some sweet Chi-Feds duds and celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field (then known as Weeghman Park). The Cubs have already taken the first two games, and a win today would go great lengths to repairing some of the early-season frustration and despondence felt not only by the fans, but possibly by the players, too.”
    Holy Cow, for a while I was thinking we had a 3 game win streak, Shark finally tests some runs and maybe we can get on a little roll. BAM! All down the drain.
    I’m not looking for this year to have a great record, just to see who will stick and who won’t as we bide our tie for the kids to come up. But, this still hurts – not so much for the loss but the woeful job of managing. Frighteningly bad. I’m really concerned by RR’s decisions. Having very little talent from which to choose gives RR a break – for now. Lets see how he does when he has some talent.

    • 2015

      I hope he isnt around when we do have talent

  • http://BN Sacko

    Looked like it started to pull on his way to the ball,..the way he was slowing down b4 he got there.
    There’s is always something. Blown saves by pitchers and defense.. We don’t know how to win. “I can’t believe what I just saw.” Steve Stone

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    Ruggiano should have caught BOTH the line drive and the flair. He was playing pretty deep on the game tying single, which is a positioning fail.

    Once Castro booted the DP ball, you kinda knew what was going to happen, right? And then Prado’s ball hitting 2nd base was just pure Cub.

    This was really the only way to celebrate 100 years of Wrigley. More and more I’m convinced the 1908 team sacrificed an entire village of virgins on the infield after winning the World Series, and Cub teams have been paying for it ever since.

    Russell is garbage.

  • diamonddon

    Smaj has thrown 5 great games and as 0-2. Either it is the bullpen blowing it like today or lack of run support. Smaj should be 5-0. To be a closer, you can not walk runners like Strop does. This just reminds me so much of Marmol.

    • Canadian Cubs Fan

      Agreed. Trailing by 3, D’Back hitters were going up there taking pitches, and it worked.

      I’m convinced you could take Mariano Rivera in his prime, put him in a Cubs uniform at Wrigley Field, and he’d walk the park. It’s bizarre.

      Grimm & Rondon are the only guys in the pen you can trust, and they’re both pretty inexperienced. I’d still say it’s down to the two of them the next time there’s a save opportunity.

  • MoneyBoy

    Sacko… “I can’t believe what I just saw” was NOT Steve Stone… it was Jack Buck calling the Kirk Gibson pinch hit HR in the World Series.

    Canadian… you’re all too right. Ruggiano must have lost the ball in the sun or something on that line drive. It was hit hard… but hit deep enough that he could have taken 3 or 4 quick steps forward and made the catch.

    Sadly, you’re all to right… again… about Castro messing up a sure force out while trying to get a *very* difficult double play.

    I’m sorry for “Monday morning QBing” this… but it’s unconscionable that our manager didn’t have someone up after the walk to the pinch hitter.

    • http://BN Sacko

      I really do believe Stone said it also when a dribbler was hit back to Terry Mulholand and he ran half way to first and over threw the 1st baseman underhand…to lose the game while there was a runner on third. Thinking about it more it may have been “I don’t think Ive ever seen that before”. You may be right in any case by risk I don’t think I will mention a miss quote on my part again.

      • http://BN Sacko

        Mostly my point was that this has been going on a long time.

  • MightyBear

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