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The Cubs pounded out a win in the first game of the series against the Cardinals, spoiling their home opener. Today, the Cardinals get their World Series rings, and the Cubs will be there to watch. Hopefully they can spoil that, too.

Chris Volstad makes his second start against Lance Lynn, who was brilliant in his first start. Volstad was only so-so, and will try today to look a bit more like the guy we saw in Spring Training.

The lineups are a carbon copy from yesterday, save for the pitchers. UPDATE – David Freese is a late scratch with a finger issue.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (3-5) at St. Louis Cardinals (5-3), 12:05pm CT on FOX.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. Given the possibility that you’ll be blacked out on MLB.tv or Extra Innings if you’re not in-market for the FOX broadcast, following along the Game Thread could be a nice way to keep tabs on the game. 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

Chris Volstad (0-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.400 WHIP)

versus

Lance Lynn (1-0, 1.35 ERA, 0.450 WHIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Rafael Furcal, SS

2. Jon Jay, CF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Carlos Beltran, RF

5. Matt Carpenter, 1B

6. Yadier Molina, C

7. Daniel Descalso, 3B

8. Tyler Greene, 2B

9. Lance Lynn, 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. Chris Volstad, P

  • http://bleachernation Allen

    damn rain!

  • Robert

    I HATE this blackout crap… of course they’d put the Yankees game on. Im so F****** tired of this.

  • Cub Gone Wild

    Is this game going to be a rain out?

    • Kyle

      Doesn’t look like it. Watching the radar, things should be clearing up within an hour, maybe two at the outside. I’m guessing a start time between 2:30 and 4 central time.

  • Spoda17

    I could not agree more Robert… I have DirectTV and extra innings and still can’t watch the game… I live in PA and have the Yankees as well… bull shit!

    • Robert

      Yeah, I live in Atlanta and they choose to broadcast the Yankees game. like really??

  • Kevin

    I agree there should be no blackouts, period! We should be able to watch the Cubs anytime we want. MLB Extra Innings doesn’t even have the Cubs listed. These are some crazy rules.

  • Chief

    Yankees are on here in San Diego. I guess it makes a little more sense because they’re playing the Angels, but still, I want the Cubs!

  • Kevin

    Does anyone know how much each club receives from Fox each year just for the Saturday games?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If I remember correctly, it’s a lot. It’s a team – but not fan – friendly arrangement.

  • Kevin

    That’s exactly what I thought, thanks for confirming it for me Brett.

  • Rev. Bud Green

    I’m in Indiana and I’ll be watching first pitch at 3. I get to see the game but I live in IN so kind of a bad trade off.

  • Kevin

    How long before the Cubs reach the playoffs again? I like what Theo & Co. have done so far and I don’t want to rush their master plan. From another Cibs fan point of view I just want to hear their thoughts.

    • art

      IMO, 2013 they’ll make a big run for it.

  • nkniacc13

    2014 is what im hoping for realistically. Id love for it to happen this year or next thou

  • nkniacc13

    Id kinda like to see the Cubs not have Soto and Byrd bat back to back

  • DocPeterWimsey

    I am thinking more like 2015: but I am not at all sanguine about most of the Cubs prospects, and I am not confident that good upgrades will hit the free agent market.

    That being written, do not be surprised if the Cubs go from a low 70′s win team to an upper 80′s win team in a single season once it happens.  A few of the “ascendant” teams of the last 15 years have done that, with all the pieces coming together at once.

    • nkniacc13

      2015 really makes sense if the Cubs trade Garza. Im going to be interested in seeing if they Cubs will spend $ this coming offseason.

  • cjdubbya

    Loving my life right now. Guide says Cubs-Cards. Game’s about ready to start (or already started!), and here in Columbus we’re still stuck w/ Angels-Spankmes. Lovely.

  • Ben

    I bought MLBaudio for this!!! :(

  • art

    I’ve seen enough of this big slow throwing Volstad. add Byrd and Soto, play Clevenger and Mather.

  • nkniacc13

    Im a bit surprised that mather hasn’t played a bit more.

  • JasonB

    Set your f-in’ feet before you throw the f-in’ ball!

  • Cubs Dude

    People keep saying the Cubs need to trade Byrd. Who in the hell would want him and his salary?? He looks terrible… Do people think other teams are just completely stupid?

    • nkniacc13

      People want Jackson. He won’t be up until June at the earliest anyway so lets all hope that Byrd can turn it around and have a bit of value at the deadline. the Cubs may have to eat a bit of the $ left on his deal but because he will be a FA he may have some interest come July

      • Cubs Dude

        I know everyone wants Jackson, but obviously his free agent time will hold him back. But I am just blown away how bad Byrd looks. I hope he can turn it around to have a little trade value.. But I dont see it right now…

  • Chad

    Batting Stewart/LaHair back to back just burnt us big time. I don’t care what skipper Dale has to say about it….it is stupid.

  • hogie

    What happened to Svuem’s reasoning for clumping the lefties? This was a perfect way to utilize it! I know it is early, but Dale is not impressing me, and I was one who thought it was a good hire. He just seems to do, or not do, things that just seem against common sense. Maybe he knows something in the stats that I don’t see, but I find myself questioning his moves more than I did Quade already!

    • hogie

      AGAIN!!

  • Zogie

    Trade Byrd, Trade DeWitt. They are not worth they money. Byrd has been terrible this year and it is because he did not learn from last year. He is still hacking away at everything and not working the count to his advantage, It makes me sick, 6.5M wasted. DeWitt is the same way. IDK why they offered him arbitration in the off-season. 1,1M wasted. I’m sick of their approach at the plate. Soto is at least trying to work the count.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Or, as any Stats 101 non-flunkee would note, just an artifact of small sample size.  As any Sabremetrics 101 graduate would tell you, players never learn to “work counts” to their advantage: players “decide” whether to swing when the pitch is about 10′ from the pitcher’s hand, and the ability  to recognize what that pitch will be is a talent you have or lack.

      • MIchael Montgomery

        Or, if we believe the legend about Ted Williams, superior eyesight.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Well, that is the idea that batting eye is a “6th tool.”  Williams was probably a freak among baseball players, but the more “Williams” you are, the better where pitch recognition is concerned.  I like Marlon, but he’s not too Teddy Baseball!

      • Adventurecizin’ Justin

        Yo Doc…out of curiosity…did you used to post on the Chicago Tribune message boards under the handle, Ourtime?

        • DocPeterWimsey

          By all the gods in every Pantheon, NO!  I always post at Cubs sites as some aspect of Wimsey.  I’m a Peter W., but I’m a doctor (via PhD, not MD), not a Lord.  (I remember Ourtime: we didn’t see eye-to-eye on, well, anything….)

          • Adventurecizin’ Justin

            Oops, sorry! I never minded OT’s take…just couldn’t stand his lack of humility! Your writing style and analysis just made me wonder.

            By the way…I recently asked a well-groomed lady when she was expecting her child (just tryin’ to be nice) and she informed me that she wasn’t expecting. Man, my foot isn’t all that tasty!

            • DocPeterWimsey

              Well, I do lack anything resembling humility….

              OurTime and I disagreed very strenuously about whether guys like Wood and (particularly) Prior were being hurt by Dusty running up such high pitch counts.  He was very much in the old-school and he was convinced that Prior’s Seaveresque motion would spare him from high pitch counts.  I would gloat, but, man, I didn’t want to be right…..  :-(

  • Stuart Williams

    Just an observation, but would the Cubs be worse off if BYRD and SOTO just went away? I mean, thanks for being great guys but please we are trying to build a consistent winning team over the next decade and we don’t see you guys cutting it.

    And for being paid quite generously, we would like you both to share your years of wisdom to the players who will be in your spot.

  • Jimmy James

    I mean I’m one of the biggest advocates of trading byrd and soto but they are going to play better….the season is young. We don’t give up while their value is at its absolute lowest. I think if Byrd picks it up he’ll be moved mid season, probably same with Soto…..give it time guys, not like we going anywhere this year.

    • hogie

      And where is all the sample size talk that dominated spring training? Does it not apply to the regular season?

  • Zogie

    I know it is early, but Byrd is terrible to watch right now. I have been tracking as many ABs as possible for the cubs and Byrd has not improved. I am a fan of his work effort and leadership, but he needs to work on discipline which hurt him last year. I know we can not trade him now, but we should have in the offseason. The Braves wanted him. Why not take the prospects? I would rather see Campana in center causing havoc on the bases. Campana start against righties, Johnson against lefties.

  • Adventurecizin’ Justin

    The Cubs have had their chances…but, striking out twice with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs hurts badly. And, John Jay = Cub-killer!

  • nkniacc13

    Id like to see Byrd taken out of the 8th spot. Maybe move him to the 2 hole if your trying to build up his value. I wonder if hes not pressing a bunch with it a known fact the Cubs will be looking to trade him and on top of that the fact that hitting in front of the pitcher your not going to get a bunch to hit

    • Still Love the Cubs

      I would absolutely support this move. I think switching him and Darwin would be okay. I would actually prefer Castro #2 but Dale seems a little traditional. If its going to be Darwin, it might as well be Byrd.

  • ty

    Doc–I still think you are the doc who did my girlfriends breast augmentation. You know the right boob exploded last month. Now, what are the stats of that happening to the left one?

  • ty

    Doc–I am quite sure that you are the doc that did my girlfriends breast augmentation..The right boob exploded last week so what are the stats on the left.

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