The Cubs head to St. Louis to take on the Central-leading Cardinals for two games. That means a sweep is totally possible, in either direction, and all the positive/negative connotations that accompany “a sweep.” I’d take a split.

Ryan Dempster goes tonight for the Cubs, so it’s fair to expect a 1-0 game in the Cardinals’ favor (with that one run coming in the 8th or 9th, after Dempster’s left the game). I kid. Mostly. Hopefully.

Tonight’s game is on ESPN, which means we should all be watching. Hopefully the Cubs can embarrass the Cardinals. That would be neato.

I really hate the Cardinals, by the way. They are sitting their best hitter tonight – Carlos Beltran – and their lineup still looks stacked.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (14-20) at St. Louis Cardinals (20-14), 6:05pm CT on ESPN, WCIU.

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

Ryan Dempster (0-1, 1.02 ERA, 2.16 FIP)

versus

Jake Westbrook (4-2, 1.76 ERA, 2.79 FIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Rafael Furcal, SS

2. Jon Jay, CF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Allen Craig, RF

5. Lance Berkman, 1B

6. David Freese, 3B

7. Yadier Molina, C

8. Skip Schumaker, 2B

9. Jake Westbrook, 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. Geovany Soto,C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Ryan Dempster, P



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