May 26, 2013 – Cubs @ Reds; Lineups

Matt Garza is tasked with playing stopper as the Cubs have lost six straight, and it would be nice to avoid a seventh straight.  He will be opposed by Johnny Cueto, quite the Sunday match up on the mound in Cincinnati today.  Here is how both teams will line up today.

May 26 lineups


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Cubs swept out of San Diego

Just ugly, no other way to really put it at this point.  Jeff Samardzija did all he could today to give his team a chance to win, but for the third straight day the Cubs could only manage five hits on their way to being shut out, and their 8th straight loss.  It boggles my mind that a team can have the best record over a month’s time in the Majors, but also lose 12 games in a row early in the season, and now 8 in a row and counting.  Sure, they are young and there will be ups and downs but I didn’t expect such extremes.  Back to Samardzija, he was outstanding going seven strong innings giving up only one run on  four hits while walking two and striking out six.  The frustration is starting to show for Samardzija who snapped his bat over his knee like a twig after a strike out late in the game.  At least he showed some fire I guess, something that this team has lacked this entire road trip as they closed it out 0-6.  What’s worse is the Cubs were 0-for the West Coast as they did not win one game in San Diego, San Francisco, or Los Angeles this year.  As I mentioned the Cubs only managed five hits all day once again, one of those hits was from Starlin Castro who snapped an 0-for-21 stretch, maybe that will be something to build on.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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August 8, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Padres

Brett Jackson gets the day off as he has struggled since his call up, I wouldn’t really call it struggling but he is striking out a lot and Sveum is probably just giving him a mental health day.  Another change is Soriano is back in the lineup today, which is a good thing for the Cubs and possibly Soriano who still has a chance to be traded to a contender.  Here is how the Cubs will line up as they look to end their seven game losing streak.

1. DeJesus – CF
2. Barney – 2B
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. Castro – SS
6. Castillo – C
7. Vitters – 3B
8. Mather – RF
9. Samardzija – P

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– George

Anything but seventh Heaven


Here we go again I guess.  In a season that has already featured a 12 game losing streak the Cubs are threatening to reach a new level of futility.  When the Cubs lost 12 games in a row earlier this year they had veteran leadership in the clubhouse, and a more talented team, the talent is still there it’s just young an unproven.  Because of that this losing streak has the opportunity to get much worse before it gets better, and that’s okay, and if you can’t stomach it, then turn away because it’s not going to change overnight.  On Tuesday night the Cubs lost their seventh straight game in which it looked like each player was doing their own thing out there, playing as individuals instead of playing like a team.  When that happens, performance usually suffers, and it is, as LaHair, Castro, Jackson, and Rizzo among others, look lost out there.  Brooks Raley made his major league debut last night, and his line doesn’t tell the whole story.  Raley was the victim of some bad luck in the form of broken bat hits, and seeing eye singles.  He didn’t escape with his lumps however as he lasted 4.0 innings giving up seven runs, all earned on eight hits while walking three and striking out four.  To borrow a term from Matt Garza, the offensive performance was a crapshow.  The Cubs only managed five hits once again in the loss and were seemingly sleep walking through at bats.  The lone bright spot was Josh Vitters ripping a pinch hit two run double for his first major league hit, the Cubs look to avoid the sweep and their eighth loss in a row this afternoon.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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May 26, 2012 – Lineups!

Paul Maholm faces a familiar foe as he takes the mound for his 97th career start at PNC Park, and he will end the Cubs 10 game losing streak tonight, book it.  Here are the lineups!

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Jose Tabata, LF
2. Josh Harrison, RF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Matt Hague, 1B
7. Rod Barajas, C
8. Clint Barmes
9. Kevin Correia, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Starlin Castro, SS
3. Joe Mather, CF
4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
6. Ian Stewart, 3B
7. Darwin Barney, 2B
8. Blake Lalli, C
9. Paul Maholm, P


Thanks, go Cubs!
– George