It’s Chris versus Chris today, each with something to prove. The former that he’s healthy, the latter that he deserves a contract. I’m not sure how optimistic I am about either one of those things.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (80-70) at Chicago Cubs (58-92), 1:20 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

Chris Carpenter (Season debut)

versus

Chris Volstad (3-10, 6.26 ERA, 4.99 FIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Jon Jay, CF

2. Carlos Beltran, RF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Allen Craig, 1B

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. Matt Carpenter, 3B

7. Pete Kozma, SS

8. Daniel Descalso, 2B

9. Chris Carpenter, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Dave Sappelt, RF

9. Chris Vostad, P



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