John Danks Returns To Wrigley To Look For His Lost Shoulder – Lineups 5/29


Last night never happened. Not between the lines anyway. The rain came and saved Chris Sale’s scoreless innings streak, but such a luxury isn’t likely this afternoon at Wrigley where John Danks will face off against Scott Feldman.

Danks is just one start into his season, though it would have been much more poetic if he’d come back against the Cubs, seeing as how Wrigley Field was the venue for his most recent start prior to Friday’s. I guess you could say that he is making his 2013 big league debut today, as the Marlins are not in any danger of escaping the title of worst offensive team in the majors any time soon, even if they are the only team keeping the title away from the White Sox. 3 runs allowed in 6 innings against a team that has mustered a wRC+ of 65 on the season isn’t exactly a confidence builder, but he’s got that first out of his way and is ready to face a team that hits a little better before he starts to think about maybe perhaps testing his stuff against a team that hits above league average.

Scott Feldman is on some so far so good stuff, largely out-pitching his expectations to date. His last outing came in Cincinnati and it was among the worst of his season. 2 homeruns and 5 runs allowed against the Reds over 5.1 innings. Removing that, he’s been putting together solid start after solid start, good for a 2.80 ERA and keeping the team in games until the bullpen comes in to do whatever it is that they do. Heck, the guy even has a homerun of his own and steps into the box with a higher batting average than Adam Dunn.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

1.David DeJesus – CF
2.Starlin Castro – SS
3.Anthony Rizzo – 1B
4.Alfonso Soriano – LF
5.Scott Hairston – RF
6.Dioner Navarro – C
7.Luis Valbuena – 3B
8.Darwin Barney – 2B
9.Scott Feldman – P

Where to Watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on both WGN (Sox broadcast) and CSN (Cubs broadcast). 1:20 Central start time.