Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs is greeted by Darwin Barney after hitting a three-run homer against the New York Mets at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
SOMEWHERE IN IOWA -- I'm on I-80 as this preview posts, heading for Des Moines to see the Iowa Cubs take on the Omaha Storm Chasers at Principal Park, on my way to Kansas City for the All-Star festivities.
Looking forward to seeing Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters and some of the other guys who might be part of the team's future. I'm not sure exactly where I'm sitting tonight but I'll send it out via the BCB Twitter feed later this afternoon.
Because this is posting while I'm on the road, I didn't have lineups available to put in the usual spot, right here. If you find them, feel free to post them in the comments. Or, again, check the BCB Twitter feed; I'll try to tweet them later.
Since I'll be at the Iowa game tonight (7 pm CT), the recap of this afternoon's Cubs game will be delayed, likely until Sunday morning. I didn't think you'd mind. I'll also recap what I see at the Triple-A game. If the Cubs win this afternoon, they'd clinch a winning road trip and also win just their second road series of 2012. Baby steps.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2012 - Jeff Samardzija||6-7||18||16||0||0||0||0||94.1||94||52||50||9||35||96||4.77||1.37|
|2012 - Dillon Gee||5-7||16||16||0||0||0||0||101.2||101||55||49||12||29||93||4.34||1.28|
Jeff Samardzija's last outing against the Mets was June 27 at Wrigley Field. Of that game, the less said, the better, I think. It was the most runs Shark had ever given up in a start, and the last of a four-start stretch in which he posted a 12.27 ERA. His last start, against the Astros at Wrigley last weekend, was much better. Let's hope that's the future; Shark still has talent, just needs to be more consistent. Despite the somewhat high ERA, his WHIP is a reasonable 1.36 and he's striking out 9.2 per nine innings. That's good, but the 3.3 walks per nine innings is 15th-most in the NL. That's what has to improve.
Dillon Gee was the starting pitcher for the Mets June 26 at Wrigley Field, the day Anthony Rizzo made his MLB debut. Rizzo singled and doubled off Gee; the Cubs got nine hits in all off him and won the game. A repeat would be nice, but don't count on it.
Today's game is on WGN.
Today's first pitch thread will post at 3:10 p.m. CDT and the overflows at 4:10, 5:10 and 5:55 p.m. CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.