July 7, 2013 – Pirates @ Cubs; Lineups!

Carlos Villanueva gets the start today for the Cubs as they try to take the series from the Pirates this afternoon in the rubber game.  The Pirates will counter with A.J. Burnett who has been outstanding against the Cubs this year.  Villanueva was really good as a starter earlier this year but was relegated to bullpen duties when Matt Garza returned to the rotation, now that Feldman is gone his spot in the rotation is Villanueva’s.

Cubs 7-7 lineup



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More news! Cubs trade Marmol to Dodgers

Fast and Furious 11…  sorry.  The Cubs have announced, well I think the Dodgers actually announced it, but anyway the Cubs have traded Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers along with international bonus money (4th slot) for relief pitcher Matt Guerrier.  Clearly the Cubs had to throw money into this deal or the Dodgers would have never taken it considering they were dealing with zero leverage here.  I assume that the money the Cubs just got from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman trade went to the Dodgers or at least made the money even for the Cubs so they wouldn’t feel so bad about losing it.  Guerrier is not going to improve this team down the road, but he helps the Cubs get rid of Marmol and his money which is never a bad thing.  Pretty impressive that Jed and Theo could move Marmol in this situation, maybe he figures it out, he wasn’t going to do so here.

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Cubs lose, but hey, fog!

Cubs 6-10 linbe

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Game Highlights

Some games just lack interest, this was one of them, unless you are a huge fan of lake enhanced fog, and who isn’t??  The only thing that would have been better is if Cheryl Scott was there to tell us about it.  It was a foggy mess at Wrigley and the Cubs followed suit as they lost to Brandon Phillips 6-2, that’s right, Brandon Phillips drove in all six runs, the guys a jerk.  One bad inning did Scott Feldman in, and the Cubs probably couldn’t see the ball, home field fog is supposed to help the home team!

Wrigley Fog


Picture courtesy of my buddy Ben — @BenS12

Cubs 6-10 box

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June 4, 2013 – Cubs @ Angels; Lineups!

Time to forget the last two games against the Diamondbacks, honestly, forget them, yuck.  The Cubs start a brief two game series against the Angels tonight in Anaheim.  Typically this would be a tough match up, and probably will, but the Angels have under performed this year, and are coming off a four game sweep at the hands of the Astros……the Astros.  Scott Feldman gets the ball for the Cubs tonight, he will be opposed by Jered Weaver of the Angels, first pitch scheduled for 9:05 PM CST.  Here are the lineups, you’ll notice a change as Castro has been dropped to seventh in the order.


1.  DeJesus – CF
2.  Valbuena – 3B
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Soriano – DH
5.  Schierholtz – RF
6.  Sweeney – LF
7.  Castro – SS
8.  Castillo – C
9.  Barney – 2B


1.  Aybar – SS
2.  Trout – CF
3.  Pujols – 1B
4.  Trumbo – DH
5.  Hamilton – RF
6.  Kendrick – 2B
7.  Callaspo – 3B
8.  Iannetta – C
9.  Shuck – LF

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Navarro leads the way as Cubs throttle White Sox, again

Cubs 5-29 line

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New ballpark, same result, and I like it.  Dioner Navarro just had himself a career day as he launched three home runs, and drove in six to lead the Cubs past the White Sox 9-3.  Apparently the best medicine for an anemic offense is a dose of White Sox pitching as the Cubs have pounded out twenty hits and scored sixteen runs over the last two games.  Navarro’s offensive heroics were more than enough for Scott Feldman to earn his fifth win of the season.  Feldman worked a solid six innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out seven.


Navarro 5-29

Cubs 5-29 box

Game Highlights:

Navarro goes deep….THREE TIMES!
Sweeney’s RBI single

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May 29, 2013 – White Sox @ Cubs; Lineups

So far the weather is cooperating on the North Side, and it is a great day to beat the Sox.  Scott Feldman will get the ball for the Cubs and will be opposed by John Danks who is making is second start since returning from injury.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 PM CST.


1.  DeJesus – CF
2.  Castro – SS
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Soriano – LF
5.  Hairston – RF
6.  Navarro – C
7.  Valbuena – 3B
8.  Barney – 2B
9.  Feldman – P


1.  De Aza – CF
2.  Ramirez – SS
3.  Rios – RF
4.  Dunn – 1B
5.  Viciedo – LF
6.  Gillaspie – 3B
7.  Keppinger – 2B
8.  Flowers – C
9.  Danks – P

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Feldman better at the plate than on the mound in loss to Reds

Cubs 5-24 line

Full Box Score

Scott Feldman and the Cubs pitchers have basically said that’s enough and are tired of waiting around for their offense to do anything so they are taking things into their own hands.  Feldman launched a two run shot to give the Cubs an early 3-0 lead but you know those don’t last, silly.  Feldman had one really bad inning which included a Ryan Hanigan 330′ three run homer, and the Cubs couldn’t find anymore offense the rest of the way as the Reds took game one of the series 7-4.


Picture of the game 5-24

Cubs 5-24 box

Game Highlights:

Valbuena’s RBI Single
Great catch by Scheirholtz
Barney with a beauty of a play
Barney Sac Fly

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