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wrigley field from right bleachersIt matters not how bad the Cubs may be. Taking on, and beating, the Cardinals is always a big deal. Here’s hoping the Cubs can do it twice this week. The Cards have won six in a row.

Travis Wood will look to continue his hot start to the year, and he’ll face a tough lineup tonight in the process.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (20-11) at Chicago Cubs (12-20), 7:05 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. (It’s a bit small, though … )

Starting Pitchers

Lance Lynn (5-0, 2.75 ERA, 1.111 WHIP)

versus

Travis Wood (2-2, 2.50 ERA, 0.908 WHIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Matt Carpenter, 2B

2. Carlos Beltran, RF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Allen Craig, 1B

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. David Freese, 3B

7. Jon Jay, CF

8. Pete Kozma, SS

9. Lance Lynn, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Nick

    Should i start it out?

    F the cards

    • mick6x

      Amen

  • adam

    wgn

    • http://bleachernation allen

      Damnit. Beat me to it

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I swore I typed WGN …

  • http://bleachernation allen

    The game is on wgn

  • Evan

    It’s hunting season everyone.(:
    Time to kill some birds.

  • @cubsfantroy

    Dammit, game is on WGN and I am going to miss it. Damn roller derby practice.

  • cubs

    12-20

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ok, now that one I know I changed. Something with that whole second half of that line didn’t update. Thanks for the heads up.

  • CeeDeeVee5811

    Valbuena moving up a spot…I like it. Lance Lynn’s streak ends here!

  • Kramden

    Is the game on WCIU, Fox or WGN tonite?

  • http://bleachernation lou brock

    Stewart sitting again at IOWA & Vitters starts at 3B against RHP VOLSTAD – yes the same guy who pitched his way out of Cubdom last year. Stewart on bench & in the doghouse where he belongs.

    • willis

      Damn right. I don’t want to see his lazy ass taking any at bats from Vitters. Stewart can rot there.

      Baez went yard.

    • Kyle

      LeMahieu and Colvin also playing in that game. Just a big ball of fun.

  • Rebuilding

    Pretty amazing number of open seats for a Cubs-Cards game on a beautiful night here

  • willis

    Dammit. Craig owns Wood. I saw him last year in Memphis hit 3 bombs that landed in Mississippi off of him. Just can’t het his fastball by him. Dammit again. Didn’t want to fall behind early to Lance Lynn.

  • Rebuilding

    Baez with a HR (6) with no strikouts so far tonight

  • http://www.bairsdenuni.wordpress.com BAIRSDEN

    May as well work Stewart at 2nd and 1st while he’s down at AAA. Why not try to create some value by improving on his versatility. I understand he’s 28 so many may think that ship has sailed but if he wants to have a future in the bigs improving his versatility could certainly help both him and the Cubs.

  • willis

    This top 4 has trouble written all over it. Wood batted in the 3rd and Craig absolutely owns him.

  • Die hard

    It’s the lack of a Jumbotron.. That’s all that is missing and will be 60000 per game

  • http://bleachernation allen

    If Marmol comes in its over

  • http://bleachernation allen

    Shit

  • Dynastyin2017

    Marmol = bad decision. Bullpen is rested. St.Louis middle of order up. Why Marmol?

  • http://bleachernation allen

    That was scary. He just missed that

  • BubblesHargrave

    Does anyone else agree with me that Sveum is a total moron based on continuously using Marmol in close games and thus he’s lost about 5 games this year if I’m counting right. I think he wants to lose. idiot!

  • http://bleachernation allen

    I agree. Thank God he only had to get one out

  • http://bleachernation allen

    Bowden????

  • BubblesHargrave

    the bullpen order should go like this: Bowden/ Camp 7th, Russel 8th, Gregg/9th until we get back Fuji. Since you paid him to come over and close. Then when we get him back put Gregg in the 8th with Russel based on him continuing to pitch good. This bullpen by committee crap never does work, even if your bullpen sucks. Everyone should have a set role based on their continuing to be consistent. Bowden, Russel, and Gregg have been the most consistent. All the other guys, mop up roles or put them in earlier in the game.

    • Drew7

      “This bullpen by committee crap never does work…”

      Do you have any sort of proof of this? A link, maybe?

      • BubblesHargrave

        My only link buddy is watching and listening to ball games for years. Bullpens always work best when everyone has a set role based on my observations. There’s your link.

        • Kyle

          I’ve been watching and listening to ball game for years, and I say it superworks.

          It appears we are at an impasse until someone uses actual evidence and not feelings.

          • BubblesHargrave

            http://sportsblog.bethubb.com/tigers-realize-bullpen-by-committee-doesnt-work/

            I like the statement about how most teams that make the playoffs and world series always have a set closer they can rely on. I don’t know what team you’ve been watching for years where a committee situation was successful, but it wasn’t the Cubbie Wubbies.

            • TWC

              Oh, an anecdote! That proves it!

            • bbmoney

              Yes the tigers had a super reliable closer in the playoffs last year………

              The giants were basically by committee all year last year too

        • Drew7

          Joe Maddon and Bruce Bochy called: they said they don’t think you watch as much baseball as you claim to.

          • TWC

            For reals.

            Unless you have someone in your bullpen named “Mariano Rivera”, that is.

          • BubblesHargrave

            Uh, ever heard of Sergio Romo? Yeah he’s a set closer for the Bruce Bochy. A great one two. Before last year he was a concrete set-up man for closer Brian Wilson. Without those two set non committee guys, no 2 World Series rings for the Giants. You’ve had a long day, I know what it’s like to get things mixed up.

            • bbmoney

              They were basically by committee last year. Romo got the majority of the saves when they lost Wilson but they also didn’t pitch him consecutive days a ton

              • BubblesHargrave

                Yes, but down the stretch, if you want to make the playoffs, and if you want to win in the playoffs, you need a set 7th, 8th, and 9th guy. Not this crap the Cubs are doing with Marmol where one day you’re my closer, the next day “no more close games for you” the next day you’re mop-up. No wonder the guy has had such problems, he doesn’t know what he’s doing from one minute to the next.

                • bbmoney

                  I mean the tigers did make the ws last year with loogy Phil coke closing most games in the playoffs. And he… Can’t……get…….righties……. Out.

                  of course it helps to just have really good relief pitchers….. But I think ‘defined roles’ are overrated. Frankly I’d love to see a team rock a 5 man pen where 4 or all five of the guys can give you 2 or 3 innings a couple times a week. Give the manager more flexibility with a larger bench and your FO can construct the bench accordingly. If it’d ever happen it’d have to be a team like the rays…… Sadly there is probably too much safety just following the crowd.

              • bbmoney

                And I was wrong Camilla had more saves than romo in ’12

            • Drew7

              “I know what it’s like to get things mixed up.”

              Clearly.

  • BubblesHargrave

    Uh why would you go with Marmol again? Sveum is the worst and dumbest manager of all time.

    • http://bleachernation allen

      A team with a good bullpen never has a bullpen by committee. That’s another link

      • Drew7

        Wow. Now that you’ve presented me with such a thoroughly backed-up argument, I *may* just change my mind…

        • BubblesHargrave

          Well , you asked for a link, and we gave you three. My opinion, Allen’s opinion, and an actual link. You haven’t provided anything but silly responses. All I’m saying as a general rule, when you look at playoff success, those teams more times than not have a set bullpen situation, flexible, but at least with a good set 8th and 9th guy.

  • http://bleachernation allen

    Wow. That was cub-like by molina

  • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

    Hey, Molina bails out the Cubs and Marmol.

  • BubblesHargrave

    And telling the media and Marmol that you won’t be using him in anymore close situations and then going back on your word two days later is the thing I hate most about this team and this manager.

    • baldtaxguy

      You hate the team?

  • northsiders6

    Did marmol balk?

  • college_of_coaches

    Wow!

  • Zogie

    And the Cubs beat the Cards! Enough Said! This can make any bad day into a great day. Travis Wood was dominant once again. He only had one flaw which was throwing too many pitches. Marmol pitched decent and Gregg had a 1,2,3 9th. On the offensive side. Schierholtz had a big 2-run blast that ended up being enough tonight. Soriano also had a good night at the plate and Rizzo just missed another big HR. My shout out goes to Schierholtz. One great AB can make a difference and his was a great showing of patience. As always if you have a question about any AB. I have them recorded. @Zogie.

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