Chicago Cubs Vs Colorado Rockies: Pre-Game Notes, Lineups, and TV Info


The Chicago Bears play in their third pre-season game tonight in New York against the New York “Football” Giants. On a side note, the Chicago Cubs also play today. The Cubs will open up a series against the Colorado Rockies on Friday at Wrigley Field. Though, there is no need to be confused, the Bears will definitely take center stage in the Sports reports on Saturday morning. But the Cubs must not go forgotten.

Television/Broadcast Information

  • Television Channel: WGN
  • Radio Channel: WGN Radio 720 AM
  • Game Time: 1:20 PM


  1. Joe Mather, Right Field
  2. Josh Vitters, Third Base,
  3. Anthony Rizzo, First Base
  4. Alfonso Soriano, Left Field
  5. Starlin Castro, Shortstop
  6. Welington Castillo, Catcher
  7. Brett Jackson, Center Fielder.
  8. Darwin Barney, Second Base
  9. Jeff Samardzija, Starting Pitcher

Pre-Game Notes

  • With the Colorado Rockies visiting Wrigley Field for the first time this season, that signals a return to Wrigley Field for first baseman/outfielder Tyler Colvin. This also sheds spotlight on perhaps the one mistake that Theo Epstein made this past season. Colvin has had a breakout season of sorts with the Rockies this season as the right fielder is hitting .294/.333/.551 to go along with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs. With Bryan LaHair starting at first base and David DeJesus signed to start in the outfield, Colvin became expendable for Epstein and the Cubs. For that reason, Epstein opted to trade Colvin along with DJ LeMahieu to the Colorado Rockies for third baseman Ian Stewart. Stewart has been plagued with wrist issues for the past two seasons, and it was those same wrist issues that forced a premature end to Stewart’s season in early June. It would appear that the Rockies were the clear winners in the Colvin for Stewart trade.
  • Speaking of Stewart, a lot of Cubs fans have asked if it is possible that the third baseman could return to the Cubs in 2013. It certainly is possible. With Stewart finally opting to have wrist surgery, the hope is that he should finally regain the offensive skills that he had during the early days of his career. Stewart has indicated that he wants to remain with the Cubs in 2013, and would likely be open to taking a reduced contract in order to remain with the Cubs. If that is the case, I would imagine that Stewart would return to the Cubs in 2013.