wrigley field from right bleachersThe four-game set is at 1-1 right now, so, if the Cubs want to close out the first half with a series win over the Cardinals, they’re going to have to win tonight and tomorrow night.

Nate Schierholtz is mysteriously out of the lineup for reasons Dale Sveum essentially described as bumps and bruises (no specific injury, though … hmm … ). He won’t play tomorrow either, according to Sveum.

Also: Matt Garza alert. The last time he faced the Cardinals in July with everyone breathlessly anticipating trade news … well … nevermind.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (56-35) at Chicago Cubs (41-50), 6:15 CT on FOX.

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

Lance Lynn (11-3, 3.67 ERA, 2.92 FIP)

versus

Matt Garza (5-1, 3.22 ERA, 3.91 FIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Matt Carpenter, 2B

2. Daniel Descalso, SS

3. Carlos Beltran, RF

4. Allen Craig, LF

5. Matt Adams, 1B

6. David Freese, 3B

7. Jon Jay, CF

8. Tony Cruz, C

9. Lance Lynn, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Luis Valbuena, 3B

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Dioner Navarro, C

6. Brian Bogusevic, CF

7. Dave Sappelt, RF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Matt Garza, P



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