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

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

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

versus

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


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