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busch stadiumThe Cubs head to St. Louis tonight to start a four-game set with the Cardinals after just being swept by the Braves. That’s a tough draw, man.

Travis Wood will try to bounce back from an exceptionally rough start against the White Sox (probably his worst start since an ugly one last August against the Dodgers), and the Cubs’ bats will try to muster something against Tyler Lyons. He’s a 26-year-old lefty starter the Cards got in the 9th round back in 2010. He flew quickly up through the Cardinals’ system (because voodoo), and now he’s succeeding in the bigs.

The Cubs have lost seven of eight, and that stretch started against these Cardinals.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (12-24) at St. Louis Cardinals (19-19), 7:10 CT on CSN, ESPN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. 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 lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (4.75 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 3.72 xFIP; 3.33 K/BB)

versus

Tyler Lyons (3.43 ERA, 3.33 FIP, 3.56 xFIP; 3.50 K/BB)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Matt Carpenter, 3B

2. Jhonny Peralta, SS

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Allen Craig, RF

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. Matt Adams, 1B

7. Peter Bourjos, CF

8. Mark Ellis, 2B

9. Tyler Lyons, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2. Junior Lake, LF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Mike Olt, 3B

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Nate Schierholtz, RF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Soda Popinski

    Hey guys- a little shameless promoting- but I’d just like y’all to know that I’ll be fighting Bald Bull tonight for the #1 contender spot on the World Circuit on NES systems everywhere. Good vibes appreciated.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Getting odds, too.

    • Chris

      I thought Bald Bull was number 4 after Piston Hondo in the World Ciruit?? ;)

      • Soda Popinski

        Those rankings were… what? In 1987? My how things have changed in the World Circuit since then. I’m like 60, now. :D

  • ssckelley

    About time they dropped Schierholtz in the lineup, or is this just because he is facing a lefty? I LOVE seeing Lake in the #2 spot.

    • nakedman1664

      Can we drop him completely?

      • renegade4196

        ^^

  • Chris

    Yourself being #5, of course..

  • renegade4196

    Yadier LOLina

  • willis

    I’ll be damed, the Cardinals are looking like the Cubs here early.

  • Brocktoon

    If nothing else, let’s play spoiler for the Cardinals this year.

  • nakedman1664

    OLT!!!!

  • willis

    HR Olt!! Oppo blast. I’m loving this tonight so far.

  • Brocktoon

    I’m not sure Mr. Lyons will be receiving a 2nd start.

    • renegade4196

      Yeah if the same lineup that made Hector Noesi look like Kershaw is beating you up, you probably shouldn’t be starting.

  • KHRSS

    What a start!! 2B, Lake moves the runner, Rizzo single to LF, Castro triple and and how Olt with a HR!!!

  • renegade4196

    Cubs have already equaled their run total of the past 3 games.

  • TWC

    Fuck the Cardinals.

    Keep piling on.

  • KHRSS

    Soler was taken out yesterday and he is not playing today, anyone know why?

    • auggie

      Well that’s not good to hear. I hope it’s not his hammy again.

  • cubmig

    well, well, well…….what do we have here?………..LOL

  • Soda Popinski

    What an awesome start! Holla!

  • njmass

    I really hope Olt can hit for a decent average and hit righties. This kid has legit power. Could be a real scary line up in the years to come.

  • Karl Groucho

    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice

  • cubmig

    n
    …..nothing like a kick-to-the groin 4 run lead to make the deadbird fans groan in pain……

  • renegade4196

    SNAP BACK TO REALITY: Baez 0 for 2 with a K.

  • willis

    Nice shut down inning from Wood after a great top 1.

  • http://BN Sacko

    Holy!..Lake hitting behind the runner even if he didn’t mean to. Yeah! Sweet!

  • cubmig

    Wood…………..S-A-F-E!!!…………fuck yeah!

  • ssckelley

    Way to leg out a hit by the pitcher!

  • KHRSS

    Lake!!!

  • Soda Popinski

    Junior KO!!!

  • ssckelley

    Pour it on Cubs!

  • cubmig

    Me thinks Lyon is being fed to the Lions. HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LAKE!!!!!!!

  • Brocktoon

    Should get that run differential positive by the 7th.

  • nakedman1664

    LAKE!

  • baldtaxguy

    Wow, this Lyons kid kind of….sucks.

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