busch stadiumAnthony Rizzo gets his first day off today, and Cody Ransom – as the only backup infielder on the roster – will fill in at first base. That’s probably why Starlin Castro can’t also get a day off today, but maybe it’s finally coming.

Jeff Samardzija faces Adam Wainwright tonight, which is a lot of awesomeness. Here’s hoping Samardzija outclasses Wainwright by a mile. The latter has been absurdly good this year after signing a long-term extension because, you know, Cardinals.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (28-40) at St. Louis Cardinals (45-25), 7:15 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.46 ERA, 3.07 FIP)


Adam Wainwright (10-3, 2.18 ERA, 1.78 FIP)

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. Adam Wainwright, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Luis Valbuena, 3B

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Nate Schierholtz, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Ryan Sweeney, CF

6. Cody Ransom, 1B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

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