Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney hits a double against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 5-1. Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Really, I know you don't want to do much besides talk about Anthony Rizzo this afternoon. So go on back to this post and keep things going there. Go on. This game preview will be here waiting for you when you're done.
The Cubs will be facing four lefthanded starters on this homestand (Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Wandy Rodriguez and J.A. Happ). That does not bode well. The Cubs are 3-16 against lefthanded starters this year, despite starting the all-righthanded lineup you see below.
Seems to me that after failure after failure with that lineup, you as manager would try something different. Dale Sveum hasn't. Maybe that's just me.
Johnson RF, Barney 2B, Castro SS, Soriano LF, Baker 1B, Soto C, Mather CF, Valbuena 3B, Wood P
Torres CF, Tejada SS, Wright 3B, Hairston LF, Duda RF, Cedeno 2B, Davis 1B, Nickeas C, Santana P
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2012 - Travis Wood||1-3||7||7||0||0||0||0||41.1||33||19||19||7||19||29||4.14||1.26|
|2012 - Johan Santana||5-3||14||14||2||2||0||0||84.0||66||30||28||8||28||84||3.00||1.12|
Travis Wood's second MLB start was against the Mets July 5, 2010, the only time he's faced them. It wasn't good. Don't click. (Don't say I didn't warn you.) Current Mets are 7-for-16 against Travis, too small of a sample size to determine anything.
Johan Santana last faced the Cubs April 22, 2010 in New York. It's just a little over two years later, yet only three Cubs who played in that game (Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto and James Russell) are still on the team. The Cub who hits him best is Reed Johnson (13-for-25, .520, a double, a triple, a home run).
Today's game is on CSN Chicago Plus (check local listings, etc).
Today's first pitch thread will post at 7:05 p.m. CDT and the overflows at 8:05, 9:05 and 9:50 p.m. CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.