wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs today called up Jake Arrieta to make his second start with the team, and he’ll likely hold down that rotation spot for the rest of the season. The Cubs want to get a very close look at him heading into the offseason, and it starts today.

He’ll be taking the roster spot of the well-traveled Eduardo Sanchez, who heads back to Iowa via the option.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals (69-51) at Chicago Cubs (52-68), 3:05 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

Jake Westbrook (7-7, 4.11 ERA, 4.35 FIP)

versus

Jake Arrieta (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.833 WHIP)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Matt Carpenter, 3B

2. Jon Jay, CF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Allen Craig, 1B

5. Carlos Beltran, RF

6. Kolten Wong, 2B

7. Rob Johnson, C

8. Daniel Descalso, SS

9. Jake Westbrook, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Junior Lake, LF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Nate Schierholtz, RF

5. Welington Castillo, C

6. Donnie Murphy, 3B

7. Starlin Castro, SS

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jake Arrieta, P




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