San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs: Pre-Game Notes & Lineups

By Melissa Felkins

Sep 19, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz (center) is greeted by center fielder Ryan Sweeney (left) and first baseman Anthony Rizzo (right) after hitting a 2-run homer in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants will be facing the Chicago Cubs today in Scottsdale. They’ll also be facing some old friends and teammates: Nate Schierholtz, Eli Whiteside, and Jonathan Sanchez, all former Giants, are all slated to play in today’s game. In fact, all three of those players were part of the 2010 World Series Championship with the Giants. Schiertholtz also played with the Giants during part of the year in the 2012 World Series, so that makes two World Series rings from the Giants for him.

Here are today’s lineups.

San Francisco Giants Lineup

The good news here is that hopefully whatever slight pain Pence and Morse were having is gone, as they are both back in the lineup. I have to admit though, I’m disappointed Buster Posey and Angel Pagan isn’t in the lineup today, as we’d potentially have the everyday starting lineup (sans Marco Scutaro, who is very unlikely to be ready by Opening Day).

Chicago Cubs Lineup

While it looks like Samardzija is schedule to start the game, Sanchez is indeed scheduled to pitch today, per Alex Pavlovic.

Speaking of Barry Bonds, if you missed the Morning Commute or anything on Twitter, he’s back in the clubhouse today, beginning his assignment as special hitting instructor for Spring Training. He also apparently went on the Pablo Sandoval diet, too.

And Andrew Baggarly is on full-steam with the snark early this morning.