Maybe Jeff Samardzija can one-up Travis Wood by giving up just four homers.

Oh, hey, look, the Cardinals have some rookie pitcher you’ve never heard of with an ERA under 3.00. That never happens.

Jeff Baker gets the start at second base, which I’m sure is mostly about giving Darwin Barney a day off … but I bet it’s also about showing a team or two that Baker can still play solid second base.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (54-46) at Chicago Cubs (40-58), 12:05pm 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

Jeff Samardizja (7-8, 4.25 ERA, 3.57 FIP)

versus

Joe Kelly (1-3, 2.78 ERA, 4.62 FIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Skip Schumaker, 2B

2. Jon Jay, CF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Carlos Beltran, RF

5. Lance Berkman, 1B

6. Yadier Molina, C

7. Matt Carpenter, 3B

8. Daniel Descalso, SS

9. Joe Kelly, 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. Jeff Baker, 2B

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P


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