wrigley field from right bleachersCarlos Villanueva gets start number two on his return to the rotation. I would imagine his pitch count would be limited again today, though he’ll probably be permitted to push it toward 90 or so.

Joe Kelly, a swing-man in his own right, is on the bump for the Cardinals.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (55-35) at Chicago Cubs (41-49), 3:05 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Joe Kelly (0-3, 4.15 ERA, 4.64 FIP)

versus

Carlos Villanueva (2-4, 3.63 ERA, 3.86 FIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Matt Carpenter, 2B

2. Jon Jay, CF

3. Carlos Beltran, RF

4. Allen Craig, LF

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. Matt Adams, 1B

7. David Freese, 3B

8. Pete Kozma, SS

9. Joe Kelly, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Luis Valbuena, 3B

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Brian Bogusevic, CF

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Carlos Villanueva, P




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