It’s Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field as the Cubs host the Cardinals. We love and miss you, Ronnie.

Travis Wood will try to put together his first good post-All-Star break start.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (53-46) at Chicago Cubs (40-57), 1:20pm 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

Travis Wood (4-5, 4.33 ERA, 5.06 FIP)


Lance Lynn (12-4, 3.10 ERA, 3.23 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. Yadier Molina, C

7. Matt Carpenter, 3B

8. Daniel Descalso, 2B

9. Lance Lynn, 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. Geovany Soto, C

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Mitch

    Wood needs a bounce back game. The last two have been pretty bad.

  • Cheryl

    In the lineup today is there anyone who will be traded soon? I’d like to see something happen besides the endless soap opera around Dempster.

    • Lou

      The best we can hope for is Maholm.

  • ibcnu2222 (John)

    I wonder what Shelby thinks about the Dempster situation.

    • Brett

      will the 2012 chicago cubs trade the ryan dempster to dodgers or 2012 braves this year?

      • MikeL

        LOL, Brett!

        Ya know…..I wouldn’t be surprised if there is another team involved in the Dempster situation…….

      • ibcnu2222 (John)

        I love it. LOL. The Ryan Dempster. Is that like the Rock?

  • someday…2015?

    Lets hope for a bounce back game from T.Wood tonight. After a couple of rough outings he could definitely use a quality start to get his confidence back.

  • Cedlandrum

    travis wood needs to throw some chin music today to keep the Cards from going the other way. pitch inside, inside, inside.

  • cubzforlife

    Big day from Soriano today. He’s fresh. Hit some monsters in BP this morning.

  • MichiganGoat

    I really miss Ronnie I could use his passion and voice right now to cheer me up, #10 we miss you.

    • @cubsfantroy

      Amen, Goat, Amen.

    • Carew

      Man no fair. I aint old enough to have seen him play. I may have heard him broadcast but i dont remember..

  • someday…2015?

    Ok time to start walking Holliday.

  • willis

    Wood…the HR master.

  • TheJDawg

    Isn’t Wood a notorious fly ball pitcher? If so, that doesn’t really bode well for him at Wrigley…

  • someday…2015?

    Is it realistic for Rizzo to win the NL RoY??

    • calicubsfan007

      Not with Harper playing as well as he has and being as popular as he is.

      • someday…2015?

        Good point.

    • hansman1982

      not realistic even if every rookie in the NL were to go on the 60-day DL today and he hit 1.000 the rest of the way.

      He is not eligible, he is a few games over the consideration.

  • Cedlandrum

    apparently Travis Wood has remembered that he just isn’t that good.

    • willis

      Yep. He has always been terrible. I’d love for this experiment to be over.

      • Carew

        This experiment wont be over for awhile. Sorry bud

  • leroy k.

    That’s right TWood, keep throwing them over the plate….sigh

  • RY34

    good god wood , you suck

  • leroy k.

    I wish Maholm could pitch every night….Why is my #3 pitcher the best man on my team?

    • Turn Two

      I don’t know if he’s the best “man”, but as a pitcher I’d say #4 is more accurate. He is the hottest pitcher right now (just as wood and demp have both had their turns as hottest pitcher), but if I had to rank who I’d want pitching a big game he’d come up 4 or 5 on my list of our 5 starters.

      • leroy k.

        yeah your right, I fat fingered it and couldn’t edit.

  • leroy k.

    This is turning into a pretty crazy game.

  • leroy k.

    Lynn=Abraham Lincoln.

  • RY34

    please pull wood now that we have tied it up!

    • leroy k.

      too late.

  • Carew

    Holy crap whats goin on? I cant watch it and i just looked at the score

  • leroy k.

    That brings Woods ERA to the attendance level of the day.

  • fortyonenorth

    Is the wind blowing out today – or is it just Wood that blows?

    • someday…2015?

      It is Wood today. Leaving everything up and out over the plate.

    • leroy k.

      From the east at 10 MPH

  • someday…2015?

    Wow what a game! Still got 6 to go…

  • leroy k.

    1-0 Cards
    3-1 Cubs
    3-6 Cards
    6-6 Tie
    7-6 Cards….

    • someday…2015?

      9-7 soon to come.

    • Cyranojoe

      That’s a windy day…

  • Cyranojoe

    Hey, anybody in L.A. next weekend? I’ve got a pair of tickets for the Saturday (evening) and Sunday (afternoon) games with the Dodgers, but nobody to go with me. Decent seats at the Reserve level, $28 face value. I’d rather brave Chavez Ravine with Cubbie company…

  • RY34

    lets see if wood can actually retire the side wout giving up a run today……….

    • someday…2015?


      • someday…2015?


        • RY34

          jesus christ already somebody go out there and tackle him; get him out of there!

  • willis

    Another bomb. God he’s terrible. 5 Home runs already.

    Middle of the season was an abberration. This guy is a AAA gutter baller.

    • TheJDawg

      Theo and Jed got hosed on that trade…

    • hardtop

      remains to be seen. im not his biggest fan, but there is still a lot of time for t-wood. for what its worth, if he pitched like this in triple A, he’d still be getting shelled.
      too bad too, ’cause the offense has already done enough to win the game. i normally wouldnt care too much about winning at this point in a dismal season, but its the shit birds…. so woods terrible performance stings today, where normally i would shrug…

      • TheJDawg

        Agreed hardtop. I can’t stand the stupid Cardinals. Had to live in that city for 8 years before moving away. Those fans love to hate the Cubs more than they enjoy their own team winning. I still get ribbed from Cardinal fans everytime they beat the Cubs.

        As for Wood, obviously after the All Star break he has been absolutely brutal. Not ready to give up on him, but I believe he was a fly ball pitcher and that was the knock against him coming to Wrigley and the Cubs. But as of right now, that trade looks pretty bad. Hope it turns around.

  • daveyrosello

    Yay Cubs! We’re number one! Eleventy!!!! Woot!!!

  • someday…2015?

    Here comes Rizzo’s first career 2 home run game.

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  • John

    Now Bruce Levine is saying according to mlb trade rumors that Ryan Dempster will accept a deal to Several teams if a deal is in place. Make up your mind Ryan!

    • MaxM1908

      Ryan “the Flip-Flopper” Dempster. I hope he stays. I want a chance to boo him properly at Wrigley.

  • someday…2015?

    Here it comes. Rizzo’s first career 2 home run game!