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busch stadiumAll right, Edwin Jackson. You’ve had two good starts in a row, and if you get a third in St. Louis, I think folks might start changing their tune about you (even if it’s just a matter of the results catching up to your peripherals).

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (29-40) at St. Louis Cardinals (45-26), 7:15 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

Edwin Jackson (3-8, 5.40 ERA, 3.32 FIP)

versus

Jake Westbrook (2-2, 2.05 ERA, 3.62 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. Jon Jay, CF

7. Daniel Descalso, 3B

8. Pete Kozma, SS

9. Jake Westbrook, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Luis Valbuena, 3B

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Nate Schierholtz, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

6. Ryan Sweeney, CF

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Edwin Jackson, P

  • cerambam

    Still no day off for old Castro huh?

    • dumbledoresacubsfan

      I kinda wish they’d give Castro the day off, move Barney over to SS, and let Ransom play 2B.

  • Kenster

    And still batting him 2nd again………… and again..

  • willis

    Let’s hope EJax can keep it up. Could see some fireworks tonight after last night’s Cardinal bullshit. Kinda pumped for this one.

  • cubmig

    Pre-game words I’d like to hear from Sveum to his guys: “Don’t take any shit from these guys tonight.”

  • Jason

    Who is Jackson going to bean tonight to retaliate for that BS slide last night?

    • dying cubs fan’s last request

      Holliday.

    • Internet Random

      Molina.

    • dumbledoresacubsfan

      Hopefully no one. We can’t afford allowing the Cardinals baserunners. hahaha

    • Timothy Scarbrough

      If anyone, I hope it is Molina. That guy just gets under my skin.

  • willis

    Nice K there to finish that inning. Keep ‘em in there dude.

  • willis

    Molina looked ready to go there, chasing Rizzo down the line a bit. What a prick.

  • http://vdcinc.biz 70′scub

    Castro needs to play everyday it is in his “DNA”

  • willis

    May as well just start a brawl now.

    Dumb pitch. Same pitch as one before that was yanked. He squared it up again. Dammit it all. Hate that guy.

    • gocatsgo2003

      Dumb pitch? It was pretty much at his ankles and off the plate inside. Hell of a piece of hitting.

      • willis

        Yeah, not that it was a bad pitch. Not at all but it was in the same location as the pitch before which Molina put the screws on and yanked foul. Probably should have gone low and away instead of inside there. Only because he seemed to be sitting on it.

        • gocatsgo2003

          The book on Molina is to pitch him inside, which he likely knows, but the fact remains that he seems to struggle getting around at times. However, he has been on a tear pretty much this whole year, so who knows?

          • Brian

            Molina’s a bad ball hitter. Most of what he hits isn’t a strike if you watch. Makes him tough to pitch to.

          • willis

            Right, but in that situation, against a hitter, like you said who has been on an absolute tear, you have to mix it up. He went low and in and dude crushed it foul. Then went right back to that. That’s where I think it was a bad pitch selection. It wasn’t a meatball or anything close, just have to do a better job mixing it up in that situation.

  • willis

    Boy this good game went to hell quickly.

  • TJ

    This from Paul Sullivan’s most recent piece:

    “Marmol is growing accustomed to the abuse. He was spied upon by a well-read blog in the lobby of his building last month…”

    No talent clown.

    • DarthHater

      I guess flat-out lying in a newspaper is a lot less offensive than repeating a Twitter rumor.

      Dude’s a complete anal pore.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I would be more bothered by that blatant – and intentional – inaccuracy if I thought anyone was going to see it.

      • MichiganGoat

        What do you pay a spy? Can I get a case of Half Acre?

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