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Because of the unusual circumstances of tonight’s game – is Ryan Dempster going to start, is he not? – and because the family and I are going to be on the road, driving tonight, I’m throwing up the Pre-Gamin’ a lot earlier than usual. Fear not: I’ll be following things closely, and will alert you as soon as something breaks with respect to Dempster’s start (or a trade). So don’t take his inclusion here as a certainty that he’ll actually be starting – but he’s still scheduled to start as of this moment.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (38-53) at St. Louis Cardinals (47-45), 7:15pm CT on WGN.

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 (5-3, 1.86 ERA, 3.00 K/BB)


Kyle Lohse (9-2, 2.80 ERA, 3.33 K/BB)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

(This is a guess, because the Cards haven’t released their lineup yet.)

1. Rafael Furcal, SS

2. Jon Jay, CF

3. Carlos Beltran, RF

4. Matt Holliday, LF

5. Lance Berkman, 1B

6. David Freese, 3B

7. Yadier Molina, C

8. Skip Schumaker, 2B

9. Kyle Lohse, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David JeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Bryan LaHair, RF

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Ryan Dempster, P

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