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A series win at stake.

Josh Vitters gets so thoroughly kicked down the line that, with Luis Valbuena nursing a minor injury, Joe Mather gets that start at third.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (81-71) at Chicago Cubs (59-93), 1:20 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Kyle Lohse (15-3, 2.71 ERA, 3.52 FIP)

versus

Justin Germano (2-8, 5.58 ERA, 3.93 FIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Jon Jay, CF

2. Matt Carpenter, RF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Allen Craig, 1B

5. David Freese, 3B

6. Skip Schumaker, 2B

7. Tony Cruz, C

8. Pete Kozma, SS

9. Kyle Lohse, 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. Welington Castillo, C

7. Dave Sappelt, RF

8. Joe Mather, 3B

9. Justin Germano, P

  • art

    is Vitters that bad on defense? or total?

  • Joel Edmonson

    kind of liking the way Sappelt plays, Vitters doesn’t look ready yet, nor Jackson. We have to remember those were Hendry’s picks. I think Jackson will be okay Vitters? not so much. Should be an interesting winter.Wonder why they don’t put Baez, Solar, Almora all on the same team, Like Daytona next year and see how they progress together? What do you think about that idea? Dumb or okay? Thanks

    • Mysterious4th

      I don’t honestly think vitters will be ever be ready…..and I am hoping that jackson will benefit from maybe another season at AAA

  • Njriv

    Anyone else see the trailer to the new Jackie Robinson movie coming out next April? It’s about time someone did a movie about him, I can’t wait to see it. I’ll provide a link for those who haven’t seen it yet.

  • Tommy

    kind of liking the way Sappelt plays

    Me too! Pretty impressed with what I’ve seen from him so far. Someone posted a while back that he was like Reed Johnson, and that seems like a good comparison to me at this point.

    On Jackson and Vitters: I think Jackson is going to be fine, but he’ll always have a high strike out ratio. If he can keep his .OPS and walk ratio up, I think they can overlook that, but he really isn’t hitting very well at all right now. In fairness, this is his first real stint in the majors.

    Vitters hasn’t really gotten much of a chance, but when he has he sure hasn’t taken advantage of it. To repeat what so many others have said, he is still only 22 years old. Too early to write him off yet, and like Jackson, this is his first stint in the majors.

    Baez, Soler, and Almora all in Daytona next year would be great, but Soler and Almora have played very little at the lower levels, while Baez had a whole season in Peoria. Who knows though – maybe at some point next year, they will be playing together. Not sure about Almora, but Soler most likely will be on the fast track to the majors (that’s just my opinion).

  • Tim

    I think Soler and Baez will start next year in Daytona. Both with the possibility of making it to AA by the end of the year. I believe Almora will start in Kane County and making it to Daytona by the end of the season.

  • Danny B

    Ok I’m stumped. What is the point of starting Mather in September?

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Mather probably their best option at 3rd today if they want to beat the Cards. And, yes, beating the Cards in September is always an honorable deed. So, we might see more of Vitter’s beautiful swing (that sometimes is in the same zip code as the baseball) after today.

      Of course, the Cubs also would like to avoid 100 losses, although given how easy their schedule is the rest of the way, that’s already pretty improbable. I know that people here want the Cubs to finish with a worse record than the Rox, but the simple fact of the matter is that the Cubs have had a cupcake schedule this month, and the Cubs’s remaining schedule (including 3 with the Rox!) is not that hard.

  • cubzforlife

    Quadi-itis.

  • Stinky Pete

    With a Houston loss today, Colorado is now the only team that can finish with a worse recod than Houston. And they were winning in the 7th last I looked. If they win, the best they (And the Cubs) could do is tie Houston. And I’m not sure how they break a tie for wosrt record and draft order and such. Not that it matters because ain’t nobody gonna catch Houston.

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