First off, if you want to do some actual pre-gamin’, a group of us will be hanging at The Sports Corner before tonight’s game. I’ll be there at 5pm, so come check it out. And then I’m heading to the right field bleachers (lower right corner as you look from home plate, if possible – that view, over there to the right), so come say hi there as well. Assuming the weather cooperates, I’ll be wearing my blue BN shirt (that shirt, down there to the right) with a long-sleeve light blue shirt underneath, and a traditional Cubs hat on. And my super flashy yellow/blue shoes. It makes my month when people say hello, so, like, make my month.

Jeff Samardzija gets another crack at the Cardinals tonight, and the Cubs get another crack at Adam Wainwright. Here’s hoping this one goes like the last time those two squared off, though I’d settle for a repeat of last night.

Tony Campana gets the start tonight, and he slots into the two-hole.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (11-6) at Chicago Cubs (5-12), 7:05pm 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

Adam Wainwright (0-3, 9.88 ERA, 3.3 HR/9)

versus

Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 5.71 ERA, 11.4 H/9)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Rafael Furcal, SS

2. Skip Schumaker, 2B

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Carlos Beltran, RF

5. David Freese, 3B

6. Yadier Molina, C

7. Matt Carpenter, 1B

8. Shane Robinson, CF

9. Adam Wainwright, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Tony Campana, CF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Bryan LaHair, 1B

5. Alfonso Soriano, LF

6. Ian Stewart, 3B

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Geovany Soto,C

9. Jeff Samardzija, P



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