The Cubs lost to the Cardinals yesterday, setting up a rubber game in St. Louis. Paul Maholm will try and rebound from his disastrous first start, and will hopefully give the Cubs a chance to win.

You’re going to look at today’s lineup and go, “what the hell?” There are a number of subs in, including two righties in for two lefties, while the Cubs are facing a righty. The thing is, Jake Westbrook doesn’t have a particularly strong split against righties, so, if you’re going to rest your lefties – DeJesus and LaHair are getting the day off – today’s a fine day to do it. Also, DeJesus took a hard dive in right the other day, and LaHair has the mild back issue, so they probably needed the rest.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (3-6) at St. Louis Cardinals (6-3), 1:15pm CT on CSN.

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

Paul Maholm (0-1, 13.50 ERA, 2.000 WHIP)


Jake Westbrook (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.1 BB/9)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Rafael Furcal, SS

2. Tyler Greene, 2B

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Carlos Beltran, RF

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. Matt Carpenter, 1B

7. Shane Robinson, CF

8. Daniel Descalso, 3B

9. Jake Westbrook, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, RF

2. Blake DeWitt, 2B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Jeff Baker, 1B

5. Ian Stewart, 3B

6. Joe Mather, LF

7. Geovany Soto,C

8. Marlon Byrd, CF

9. Paul Maholm, P

  • djriz

    Maholm is a younger Doug Davis. How long do we get to keep him?

  • Kyle

    Randy Wells somehow manages to be worse at AAA than Maholm has been today. That’s hard to do.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Actually, given Wells GB:FB ratio, maybe not….

      • djriz

        Well’s WHIP north of 5.00 doesn’t matter?

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Isn’t it at 0.9?  However, Wells problem is flyballs: and 2 of them have been HR.  He’s been a bit of a freak in terms of low HR:FB rates in MLB, and that usually means that a guy has gotten lucky.

  • Cubs Dude

    Maholm blows ass. You can just tell he is going to get shelled with his lack of movement, non-existent stuff. He needs to go to the bullpen, or somewhere else. I don’t care who the replaces him.

  • ty

    Heath Bell has blown 2 saves according to Len–both on Z. I saw that one yesterday on mlb. Z will probably give him some encouraging words soon.

    • JustSwain

      Somewhere under the earths crust, a bubble of magma has started to expand pushing its way through the mantle towards the surface. As of right now, the surface remains undisturbed, but the pressure is building, waiting to blow…

  • Ol’CharlieBrown

    Anyone else detect during the bottom of the 5th that Soto seemed noticeably annoyed/frustrated at Lendy Castillo on the mound?

  • ty

    Maholm is doubtful to get on the plane to Miami–Hoyer has probably told clubhouse so he can pack in private and get ready to join Iowa. Tough occupation.

    • Cubs Dude

      As tough as getting paid 5 mill. to suck can be…

    • JustSwain

      Ty, is this your opinion, or did you get some insider information?

  • H

    Just checked score surprise this lineup didn’t do squat. Another game down to cards what a joke

    • DocPeterWimsey

      I’m not sure that it was.  Westbrook is one of those pitchers who lives and dies by getting grounders.  On his bad days, he lets AAA hitters look like All-Stars.  On his good days, he makes All-Stars look like AAA hitters.  Really, what it comes down to is getting enough of his grounders past the infielders to tire him out and let him hang pitches.  (Taking walks can help, but, hey, these are the Cubs.)

      So, in a way, starting the Scrubs against pitchers like Westbrook is not a bad idea: if they don’t hand the offense a big day, then they really are going to hold it out of reach.  (Of course, the Cards get to bat, too: Westbrook is only half of their game.)

      • JustSwain

        With the lineup Sveum sent out today, Maholm probably felt like he had to be perfect on every pitch. I’m sure that contributed to the Cards big day at the plate. The way I see it, Sveum saw that our struggling #5 was going against their defacto #1, and he thought we had zero chance of winning, so he sloughed it like Dusty used to, to rest his players on getaway day. I understand resting players, I do not understand resting them all on the same day. The manager can rarely win games for his team, but he can loose them pretty easily. This is a game I hang on Sveum, and I’ve been a pretty vocal supporter of him so far. This is the first really dumb thing I’ve seen him do. And Doc…a statistics free post in which you apply human knowledge of the game! I’m impressed, keep it up:) Tough as Westbrook is on his good days, you still have to try to win. You can’t win if you don’t try, and this lineup doesn’t really support the “Play every game like its the 7th game of the world series” attitude that I heard bandied about earlier in the season. Westbrook was probably going to beat Maholm no matter who we had in the lineup, but we will never know because we got the B team instead.

  • Ol’CharlieBrown

    Soto was using a different batting stance there in the bottom of the 9th… More upright.

  • Roughriider

    “Hold on tight…it’s going to be a bumpy ride”.