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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

  • jp3

    #Cubs lineup Bonifacio cf Lake lf Rizzo 1b Ruggiano rf Castro ss Olt 3b Castillo c Barney 2b Samardzija p

    Via Carrie muskat

  • Beer Baron

    D’Backs line-up: 1. Parra – RF 2. Prado – 3B 3. Goldschmidt – 1b 4. Montero – C 5. Hill – 2B 6. Ross – LF 7. Owings – SS 8. Campana – CF 9. Miley – P

  • ame1908

    “Packers” Lineup:

    Parra 9/ Prado 5/ Goldschmidt 3/ Montero 2/ Hill 4/ Ross 7/ Owings 6/ Campy 8/ Miley 1

  • jp3

    Campana!!! Scrappy will doom us!

  • jp3

    Good grief, on the prospect front the smokies are winning 8-0 in the top of the 1st inning

  • jp3

    The oppositions starter threw 51 pitches before being pulled before getting out of the inning

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    I hope Shark in dominant today. Need to increase his trade value. It looks like with the return for Shark and Hammel combined with this years draft that the farm system is only going to get deeper. I don’t quite understand Ruggiano in the cleanup spot, but I’m sure Happy has his reasons. It would be nice to get the win today for the series.

    • cubzfan23

      Lol @ happy

  • another JP

    Glad to see Olt in the lineup again- with his power he needs to be playing every day. And the Cubs give away plenty of offense when Barney plays instead of Valbuena.

    So far Wood has put up 1.1 WAR of production- .8 pitching, .3 batting. That’s the guy that should get a contract extension.

    • Thiscantbegood

      Completely agree, Olt needs to be an everyday starter with Valbuena at 2nd.

  • Thiscantbegood

    Can someone explain to me why Ruggiano has been batting 2nd, 3rd and 4th this season? This guy is garbage, if he plays he needs to bat 7th or 8th. Olt should be batting cleanup today with Castro at 5th, Castillo at 6th and Ruggiano at 7th.

  • Bilbo161

    Not exactly Beatrix Potter but I liked the olde English nod. Try that for a month?

    • ncsujuri

      +1, but maybe not for a full month.

      I’d like to see Brett try this on other days as well, Talk Like a Pirate Day for example.

      • Bilbo161

        The pirate thing is a great idea.

  • cubmig

    I’m calling this game for the Cubs…….gots-to, it’s my granddaughter’s B-Day. Dedicated the win to her. [don't let me down today team!]

  • JasonP

    Seeing Glen Beckert introduced as the 2B makes me wish Sandberg was the manager, at least for today.

  • Medicos

    GLENN BECKERT WAS ALWAYS MY FAVORITE!!!!!

    • JasonP

      No knock on Beckert.

      Just wish Ryno could have been a part of today.

      • jp3

        He could’ve been…but he didn’t have any major league experience

        • Brocktoon

          And he’s almost certainly a bad major league manager

          • jp3

            Because for a 20 game sample there is no way in hell you could possibly know… He’s got a terrible/old/expensive team.

    • itzscott

      Beckert was great…. the ideal #2 batter with Kessinger leading off. What a great team that was for many years. Too bad all the day games burned them out every year by the time it mattered.

      • Drew7

        Yuck – those 2 shouldn’t have been anywhere near the top of the order.

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    • Brocktoon

      Best of luck goat!

    • candyland07

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      • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

        You might be confusing MS with MD it’s quite common but Jerry was Muscular Dystrophy. Sadly MS never had a Jerry Lewis telethon.

        • candyland07

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    • candyland07

      and yes I bought one for the hubby!

      • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

        Thank you

    • notcubbiewubbie

      hey goat my daughter home from college this summer with a degree and a diagnosis of MS.through the modern miracle of medical science and after much treatment she is now working and doing ok.i for one will gladly buy a t-shirt.

  • NorthStreetRaider

    Absolute shame Sosa wasn’t honored. He’s done more for that ball park in the last 20 years than anyone.

    • Jon

      I would have to agree here.

    • JasonP

      That’s why you don’t burn bridges on your way out; not to mention that he as much of a symbol of steroids and all the problems of his era than anything else.

      Maybe it’s unfortunate, but not surprising, and not a shame.

      • Jon

        He put up many of those numbers, against players who were also probably cheating. I dont’ see the big deal of burying the hatchet, even for one day.

        • JasonP

          I can stand to agree to disagree on this one, and I see those points.

          For me, refusing to play, quitting on a season, and leaving the ballpark early were pretty atrocious offenses.

          • Jon

            For me, 1 game, is tough to erase 1/2 decade of memories.

            • Brocktoon

              You sell him short. While he wasn’t on ’98-’03 levels, he was a good and exciting player with the cubs pretty much instsntly

              • Jon

                The Cards welcomed McGuire back as a coach! Bonds was invited back to both teams! Inviting Sammy back doesn’t mean you condone anything.

                The Cubs do look a bit childish for not taking the high road and extending an invite.

                • ssckelley

                  Part of me thinks he would have been welcomed back already if he would stop drawing attention to himself and crying to the media about it.

          • Edwin

            Kerry Wood and Ryne Sandberg also quit on the team during a season. Also, Sosa didn’t refuse to play, he was benched for the meaningless last game of a very frustrating season.

            Leaving early was a dumb move, and I’m sure if he could do it over, he’d make some different choices. But he’s probably not the first or last to do something like that.

            The refusing to play and quitting on a season points are just flat out wrong.

            • TWC

              “Ryne Sandberg also quit on the team…”

              And *no one* seems to remember this. Sandberg walked away 1/3 of the way through a shitty season, after 10 consecutive losses.

              I mean, I know there were personal issues, but it was reeeeeeally lame to quit on his team at their lowest point of the season.

              • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                And Kerry’s was announced and had a great final pitch for his career with his child running out to great him.

    • cubmig

      DITTO re: Sosa….

    • Brocktoon

      Every day that passes without Sosa associated with the organization is a disgrace

  • notcubbiewubbie

    boy why oh why is dumpster on the field with the wrigley field legends???? it must be his lifetime record as a cub??? 67-66 huh?? oh i forgot he is a cubbie wubbie favorite.tom ricketts shame on you. if this bumb is here why oh why isn’t sosa here? guess if you have your nose up the bosses ass it must help at clark and addison.

    • candyland07

      Dempster is one of those Cubs that was actually a Cub at heart ( Sosa as well) Your forgetting that Dempster was a closer for the Cubs . He did well and his contributions should not be ignored. Now for Sosa i agree ,its time that this organization should embrace Sosa but i think its goes a little deeper than Rickets, Many fans might not like that type of embrace but , but yes Sosa should be recognize as a Cub legend at the very least.

      • itzscott

        >> Dempster is one of those Cubs that was actually a Cub at heart <<

        Yeah right…. If he was a Cub at heart, Delgado would be sitting in the Cub dugout right about now.

        • Jon

          You know, as a result of that, instead of Delgado, we got Vizcaino and also Hendricks, so he might have done the Cubs a favor.

          • ssckelley

            I think you meant Villanueva and Hendricks. The Cubs got Vizcaino for Maholm, but same year and the failed Dempster deal led to the Braves going after Maholm instead.

            • Jon

              Yeah, I should have said it resulted in all three Vizcaino, Villanueva and Hendricks.

              Delgado has lost a lot of his luster. Odd he can’t crack the awful Dbacks rotation, and if he’s just bullpen guy, I sure as heck like Vizcaino better as his stuff is much better.

              • ssckelley

                I agree, Vizcaino might be the better pitcher if he can remain healthy.

                Plus that Dempster deal may have had further ramifications, the Cubs may not have signed Feldman who resulted in Stropp and Arrieta.

        • candyland07

          As a narrow minded fan i can see why You would jump to that conclusion. but his invitation and the years he pitched for the Cubs can not be denied.

          • itzscott

            As a mindless rah-rah Cub fan I’m sure you felt Milton Bradley was a misunderstood “good guy” too.

            • candyland07

              No, the Cubs under Rickets with the Guidance of Team Epstein has given no Rah – rah moments ,

              • blublud

                Remember that. When the Cubs are winning, please don’t celebrate with us.

                • notcubbiewubbie

                  when the cubs are winning chokers like dempster won’t be pitching.

  • NorthSideIrish

    Craig Goldstein ‏@cdgoldstein 2m
    selective endpoints and all that but Olt was 1-14 to start the season and since then is .259/.333/.630 (last 9 games)

    And who doesn’t love selective endpoints?

  • JasonP

    Shark might not have got a lot of run support so far, but that was a hell of an inning of defensive support.

  • ssckelley

    I also find it odd that they honored Dempster. Was Wood or Maddux not available? I can think of plenty of pitchers that are probably more deserving than Dempster.

    • Travis

      I have to assume Wood and Maddux weren’t available. I’m a Dempster fan, but he probably wasn’t first choice.

      • NorthSideIrish

        Jesse Rogers said on Twitter that Wood wasn’t available and that Sosa wasn’t invited…but haven’t seen anyone mention Maddux.

    • Funn Dave

      I think it’s a matter of Dempster starting his broadcasting career or whatever rather than his being more worthy than other pitchers.

  • cubmig

    WOW! First Lake, then Barney with saving plays………..great defense!

  • BlameHendry

    Holy crap what a play by Barney. Lake’s catch was fantastic too.

    I know it was only 7 pitches, but Shark didn’t look very good in the first inning. Glad the wind is blowing in today and the defense is on point…

  • JasonP

    I love the collared jerseys, I imagine that would be annoying as a player though.

  • cubmig

    damn……..it’s all that would have been needed to diss the great defense of the Cubs…..a triple play! Luckily, Lake got back in time………..

  • BlameHendry

    Lol Ruggiano trying to walk to 1st on a very obvious strike…

  • Lou Brown

    Corey Black with six innings of no-hit ball. He seems to be handling AA well.

  • cubmig

    Question: Why isn’t RR in his 1914 Manager uniform?

  • JasonP

    Awfully slow feed by Shark, glad Rizzo kept the run from scoring.

  • cubmig

    I can’t remember ever seeing Barney off on two DP relayed throws to 1st……the first one may be the result of a bad feed by Shark, but the second to him by Castro….???….wha-happin’ Barney?

  • JasonP

    This is from the CBSsports power rankings.

    “Through Derek Jeter’s age-24 season, he had 588 career hits. Pete Rose had 518 through his age-24 season. Starlin Castro is only a few weeks into his age-24 season and he has 715 career hits”

    • itzscott

      >> Starlin Castro is only a few weeks into his age-24 season and he has 715 career hits” <<

      Not taking anything away from that, but I'd bet that Castro had at least a 2 year head start on both Rose & Jeter.

      • TWC

        He sure did. I think Jeter and Rose didn’t become full-time starters until age 22. Castro was 20.

        • JasonP

          Absolutely, but there’s something to be said for being able to hit .300 in his age 20 and 21 seasons, and lead the league in hits in his age 21 season.

          • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

            Yeah it’s quite impressive

  • ThatCubsGuy

    Alright guys. you can swing at the inside pitch now. It is legal to do so….. Right there for the pickings

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