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wrigley field from right bleachersIf the Cubs were competitive this year, tonight’s game would be absolutely unbelieveable. Sunday night on ESPN. Wrigley Field. Last game of the first half. Two All-Stars facing each other on the mound. And it’s Cubs/Cards, with the Cubs going for a series win in four.

Just typing that out … it’s still pretty awesome, even if the Cubs are in the middle of a sell-off.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (56-36) at Chicago Cubs (42-50), 7:05 CT on ESPN.

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

Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.30 ERA, 2.11 FIP)

versus

Travis Wood (6-6, 2.69 ERA, 3.56 FIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Matt Carpenter, 2B

2. Carlos Beltran, RF

3. Allen Craig, LF

4. David Freese, 3B

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. Matt Adams, 1B

7. Pete Kozma, SS

8. Jon Jay, CF

9. Adam Wainwright, 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. Travis Wood, P

  • DaveY

    That’s how you go after a ball over your head.

  • WI Jeff

    At the game. Love to hAve jumbo from to replay the bogusevic catch of Molina shot to cf.

    • DaveY

      Yeah, tough to see unless you are right on the wall.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    They had him.

  • Paul AssenmachWAR

    If Castro had been the one who cut the ball off, people would be calling for his head. Rizzo can’t get a free pass.

    • UCF

      +1. Castro would be getting “benched” again.

  • DaveY

    That was a great relay from Castro… and a brain cramp by Rizzo.

  • Tim

    I wonder if the cubs will still get ripped from espn broadcasters constantly when they are good again

    • DaveY

      When the Cubs are good they will talk about 100+ years how close will the Cubs get to world series before they blow it.

  • DaveY

    Castro is feeling the pressure, he’s chewing that gum at 100 mph.

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    That is just the bellyfire.

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    No, because there will be less to rip?

  • TheMagicMan

    So if a trade doesn’t get done in the next half hour, it’s not happening till Thursday at the earliest

    • Crockett

      Well, the trade can occur. The announcement cannot.

  • BT

    Pretty sure the Cubs were paid to throw this game.

  • ThompsonLives

    Who decided Dave Sappelt had any value whatsoever as a major-leaguer?

  • ssckelley

    Gregg is not fooling anybody

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      Not at all.

      • Earl Cunningham

        Kevin Gregg is turning back into Kevin Gregg.

        • BT

          In fairness, closers in non-closing situations tend to suck balls. I have no idea why, but it happens with alarming regularity.

  • ssckelley

    This game in Saint Louis?

  • Trueblue

    Ok, the cardinals fans are rocking and cheering Yadi like its their home game and sure enough three run shot. Now their cheering MVP. Hate them

  • dynasty someday (please god)

    Yea, now theres the kevin gregg i remember

  • Chris

    And there goes Gregg’s trade value.

  • dynasty someday (please god)

    Sorry not trying to be negative but sheesh

  • Clark Addison

    The Cubs didn’t deserve to win this one.

  • ugh

    I really hate Molina. We needed to trade Gregg before the wheels fell off. Ouch.

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      Hate? Despise is more like it.

  • Paul AssenmachWAR

    And so it was, that at 10:40 PM central time, on July 14th, Kevin Gregg officially turned back into a pumpkin.

  • Afinch

    Ok let’s hear the Garza trade confirmation! I wish. Don’t feel like waiting another few days.

  • Afinch

    Can no trade be announced now until Thursday? How does that work?

    • John

      From what I heard it can be reported but It cant be official until after the break.

    • TonyP

      If a trade is made it will be leaked out I’m sure…

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    That was an ugly end to a badly played and poorly managed game by the Cubs. Sveum pinch hit for Strop after taking the lead with 2 out and no one on base after Barney’s HR – why ? And why use Borbon up who you would use to pinch run or be a defensive replacement later.
    Should have let Strop get the seventh inning, not taken him out after pitching to only one batter in the sixth.

  • John

    Has anyone one ever wondered if Molina takes ped’s I mean he looks a lot bigger than when he came up. And his numbers just get better as he gets older which is not all that uncommon but with him being a catcher I just dont remember any catcher that has improved numbers from year after year like he does. I really hope when all those names come out on that biogenesis report that some Cardinals are on there. That would make my year.

    • DarthHater

      I always thought it was pretty obvious.

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Also Sveum should have had Wood or someone from the pen drill Carpenter or Molina after they hit Castro.

  • John

    Yeah I would have had wood drill someone just for crowding the plate. The Cards were able to hit everything away. The next time the Cubs play the Cards I want to see someone from the Cards hit by a pitch or there going to continue to crowd the plate. Id start off by hitting molina and Craig both of them just lunge out over the plate.

    • http://vdcinc.biz 70′scub

      Last series with the Cards, they went spikes high at the Cub NO response!

  • Mike

    The Cubs held on to Kevin Gregg too long. Good luck getting anything for him now, other than a bag of potato chips.

    • DarthHater

      Yea, if they had just been smart enough to try to trade him yesterday, we have gotten a top prospect for him. smh

    • Hansman1982

      Lays or ruffles?

  • Rooster

    Was at the Baker rehab game today. He got shelled in the first. He topped 89 mph but was able to hit 92 in the 3rd. Albert got robbed of extra bases and Vogelbach is just one large dude….like a mini John Kruk. Albert is just one class act of a kid.

  • steve a

    Any ideas who takes over closer when gregg goes? An one note two outta four isn’t to bad from the best team in baseball.

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