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If they’re able to play, the Cubs will take on the Cardinals today in the first game of a three-game set. It’s been raining hard there all morning, but there’s a chance it’ll clear up by the late afternoon. I hope it does, as I’d planned to go watch the game at a local bar, since I’m still in Chicago. A local … Cardinals bar.

The game has been pushed back until 3:45 CT or so to accommodate the rain.

Jeff Samardzija will get another opportunity to show he’s legit, and he’ll be facing a potent lineup, even without Lance Berkman.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (2-5) at St. Louis Cardinals (5-2), 3:45pm CT on WGN and MLBN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 1.04 ERA, 9.0 K/9)

versus

Adam Wainwright (0-1, 4.76 ERA, 1.000 WHIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Rafael Furcal, SS

2. Jon Jay, CF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Carlos Beltran, RF

5. David Freese, 3B

6. Yadier Molina, C

7. Matt Carpenter, 1B

8. Daniel Descalso, 2B

9. Adam Wainwright, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Ian Stewart, 3B

6. Bryan LaHair, 1B

7. Geovany Soto,C

8. Marlon Byrd, CF

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • Brian

    Is that time right?

    Never mind!

  • Cubbie Blues

    Yup, it’s raining.

  • caleb

    Weather report from St. Louis: Rain.

    Lots of it, and the sort that doesn’t look like it’s going to let up.

    But Sharks, as you know, don’t mind water. So bring on the Shark!

    • bricky9

      Looks like the rain is pushing out

  • Cardfan

    Cardinals bar in Chicago? That would be the equivalent of a PETA booth at the NRA convention.

    Nice thump on Greinke. Enjoyed that and glad to see you guys get it out of your system before you head south!

    • Wilbur

      PETA, doesn’t that stand for “People who Eat Tasty Animals” …

  • Jumbo

    Sedgewicks?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s the one.

  • Caleb

    And why are there card bars in Chicago, but no cub bars in st Louis? And trust me– I’ve looked. I’ve found some neutral bars that will play a cubs game, but most time even bringing it up earns you a big “f*ck off”

    • DocPWimsey

      Well, Chicago is nearly 10 times more populace than St. Louis: I think that the latest census put Chicago at about 2.7M people and St. Louis at about 300K people. Also, Chicago is much more of a “magnet”: I’ll bet that a much greater proportion of its populace is from out-of-state than is true for St. Louis.

      • Wilbur

        I bet it was people like you who threw out the old “see if they float” test for witches …

        • DocPeterWimsey

          heh, no, I’m the sort who would have been burned as a witch, I think.  But surely the connection between population size as well as “immigrant” population size and whether you’ll get out-of-town sports bars should be pretty obvious…..

    • Frank

      Hell, there’s even a Bears bar somewhere near green bay (within a 45 minute or so drive)!

  • JustSwain

    Hey guys…come on, no gloating? It actually rained on the Cardinals parade. I mean its clearly schadenfreude, but….te-he. I don’t know why rain on opening day in Saint Louis makes me happy….but it does. Maybe that is why they don’t have a Cubs bar in Saint Louis?

    • Joe

      LMAO, nice!

    • hansman1982

      I believe its spelled Cardenfraude…

      Side note: Ellsbury apparently had a nasty shoulder injury in a collision at 2nd base. Brett Jackson might look good in those white uniforms…

      • ETS

        Wikipedia says
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude

        and wikipedia is never wrong, right?

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Ich liebe Deutsche……

        • hansman1982

          Hold on one second and it will be spelled Cardenfraude

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        SCardenfreude.

    • ETS

      Am I the only one who knows this term only because a Lisa line in an old Simpsons episode?

  • bricky9

    scha·den·freu·de
       [shahd-n-froi-duh] Show IPA
    noun
    satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      And that’s why, when it’s about the Cardinals, it’s SCardenfreude.

  • Kyle

    Ian Stewart has homered in a major-league game! I repeat: Ian Stewart has homered in a major league game!!

    • TWC

      I KNEW you’d come around!

      • Kyle

        Like I said: Once the season starts, I’m all on-board.

        A good defensive, high-power, high BB, left-handed hitting 3b? That’s a dream player for me. I just don’t think he can be that guy (but he took a big step toward proving me wrong right there).

        • Cubs Dude

          I think the main thing with him is health. Granted health is a skill, if he can keep his wrist and the rest of his body good it would be huge.

  • KidCubbie

    Stewart with a 3 run BOMB!

    -Steal of the off season. Mark it.

  • Cubs Dude

    Yeah, I have been real happy with Ian at 3rd too. It’s nice to have a 3rd baseman play some D.

  • Kyle

    Cubs’ run differential is now +3 on the season. I’m sneaking back toward optimism again.

  • Cubs Dude

    Samardzija reminds me of Chuck Norris, with a porno stache. Walker Texas Shark.

  • KidCubbie

    Grand Slam Lahair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KA

    Would you rather rebuild Wrigley Field, similar to the Bears, and find another place to play for one year, or do a little each year but it take a lot longer and cost more money?

  • one3rd

    GRAND SLAM

    …please don’t screw this up

    • ty

      LaHair is so cool. Not like he has not ever done this before!

  • JustSwain

    Geez, seems like the Cubs are raining down on the Cardinals more than the Weather did.

  • JustSwain

    Dang, I was happy about having Cain, until I saw BD159…Stewart AND Lahair? How did you know?

  • Kyle

    Cubs have now scored 17 consecutive runs without allowing one, and have a run differential of +7.

    • hansman1982

      So what you are saying is that we are a cheaper, crappier version of the phillies…

  • KA

    Any word on Brandon Allen?

  • Cheryl

    And some thought he was too old for breaking in with the cubs. He seems to be proving those people wrong!!!

  • Kyle

    I hope everyone who doesn’t see a problem with Sveum letting pitchers go too deep into games is enjoying this fifth inning.

    Samardzija was pushed an inning too far last time, and he’s ran out of gas at 80 pitches today.

    • JustSwain

      You think it was an arm strength issue? Looked to me like he kept leaving balls up, maybe a bit of a mental lapse with a huge lead, and one out left to qualify for the win. You did call it, so I’ll give you credit for that, just wondering if what you saw is what you would expect from a fatigued pitcher?

      • DocPWimsey

        Also, the Cards went deep into a lot of counts, even though it resulted in only 1 walk and 5 K’s. They are good at doing that: (I think) 26 PAs coaxed 103 pitches out of Samardzija.

      • Kyle

        When pitchers get tired, their mechanics break down and it can manifest itself in a lot of different ways, including leaving the ball up in the zone. His fastball was also coming in just a tick below where it was last start.

        Still, he got BABIPed a bit in that inning too. Pretty happy with the start despite the ugly line score.

  • JustSwain

    Who do we talk to about taking the home plate ump out of the game? Man is he calling a bad game.

  • drew

    Dejesus lookin good in right!

  • Wilbur

    Understood totally, just having fun.

  • JustSwain

    Cubs Win! Is it just me, or did the Cubs look good today? I’d like to take the opportunity to sincerely apologize to both Marmol and Wood for my rush to judgement earlier in the season…starting to look like those first few games were just a bump in the road for that pair.

    • Jay Anderson Jr

      I would like to add my apology to Dejesus to this. He has turned it on. Also, I was always happy with the Stewart trade. Now if only Volstad can turn it on and prove me wrong, we might be in business.

      • JustSwain

        With the Volstad trade, all I’m really keeping track of is if he pitches better than Zambrano, and so far he has. Same number of Ks, lower ERA (barely), 1 less inning. I hope it continues.

    • DocPWimsey

      They looked good, but Adam Wainwright also looked pretty bad. He was hanging them. This was a much different “blowout” than yesterday’s game: the Cubs were drilling the ball pretty frequently and although there always are a few “just made contact” hits when you get 10 of them, there was more to it today!

      Bad news? I started Wainwright on one fantasy team and Samardzija on another…. :-(

      • JustSwain

        I agree Wainwright was bad, but the Cubs made the right moves to take advantage of it. The defense was outstanding (with the exception of Lahair, who really looked bad on one of those singles), and the relief corps didn’t give up anything to a really tough Cards lineup. Marmol went 1-2-3 and struck out Beltran to end the game…they played the game of baseball well today.

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    True, Wainwright looked bad, but you still have to swing the bat.

    • DocPWimsey

      Oh, sure, but even bad MLB hitters will look good with hung curves and “get me over” fastballs. (This is not to say that the Cubs hitters in question are bad: it is to say that the AA team might well face better pitching tonight.) Where this really stands out is in the total lack of “momentum” in baseball: the Cubs were blasting Wainwright, and then shutdown by decent pitching the rest of the way; meanwhile, the Cards jumped all over Samardzija when he lost it for an inning, but were largely ineffectual the rest of the way. This is why pitching is so important: bad pitches get hit hard at a very high rate.

  • bluekoolaidaholic

    Hope they enjoyed their ceremony because we kinda ruined the rest of their day.

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