busch stadiumA whooping and then an extra-inning, walk-off-hit-by-pitch loss. What do the Cubs do for an encore in this one? Jason Hammel, who cares not for the pitcher W/L stat, goes for the Cubs tonight. Somewhere, Jeff Samardzija is thinking that it’s easy to not care about the “win” when you’ve got a couple of them. I joke, of course, because Samardzija also knows that it’s not a good measure of pitcher performance.

The Cardinals will start Michael Wacha, who’s generally been effective against the Cubs this year, and has generally been awesome otherwise this year. Hammel’s actually got the better ERA on the year, but Wacha sports the better peripherals. (For those into a little side action, might I note that SBR shows Hammel at +165 (Wacha at -190) for the game, which is a pretty pronounced distinction.)

Wacha will face a lineup with a mix of lefties and righties. Yes, Mike Olt is back in the starting lineup, and Junior Lake gets another start, too. John Baker gets the nod behind the plate, as he has for the last several Hammel starts.

There’s a bit of inclement weather projected in the area tonight, so we’ll see if there’s any kind of delay.

UPDATE: Yup, there’s a delay – of about three months. The game has been postponed due to weather, and it looks like it’ll be made up in August. Hammel will start tomorrow instead.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (13-25) at St. Louis Cardinals (20-20), 7:15 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

Please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts. In other words, the comments section below is your game thread.

The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jason Hammel (2.45 ERA, 3.54 FIP, 3.65 xFIP; 3.70 K/BB)


Michael Wacha (2.85 ERA, 2.66 FIP, 2.99 xFIP; 4.07 K/BB)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Matt Carpenter, 3B

2. Jhonny Peralta, SS

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Matt Adams, 1B

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. Allen Craig, RF

7. Peter Bourjos, CF

8. Mark Ellis, 2B

9. Michael Wacha, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2. Ryan Kalish, RF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 2B

6. Junior Lake, LF

7. Mike Olt, 3B

8. John Baker, C

9. Jason Hammel, P

  • Funn Dave

    Time to push the Shitbirds back below .500….

    Don’t worry, I knocked on wood.

    • Funn Dave

      And that’s no knock on Wood — he’s a great pitcher.

      • ssckelley

        Your knocking on wood to?

        • Funn Dave

          I will fight you.

  • http://kempfintl.com pfk

    I don’t like seeing Olt batting 7th ahead of Baker. I’d swap him out with Valbuena and have Olt hit 5th. Otherwise I’m OK with the lineup.

  • BennyTheJet

    how about Hammel traded to Miami for #36 and #39 picks?

    • ssckelley

      Can they can trade both of them? I thought it was just the competitive balance pick they can trade, or do they have 2 of them?

  • willis


    • johnnyp

      Sad face :(

  • cubfanincardinalland

    Classic cardinal move. I am 12 miles from the park. It stopped raining an hour ago and the sky brightened up. The front is supposed to move through by 8:00.
    So guess what pitcher they miss, and when will they make the game up. Well after the cubs roster sell off.
    Kind of funny really, cardinals are wound tight as a drum right now.

    • Beast Mode

      Who has the authority to postpone a game. Also, who decides when the game will be made up?

      • Dafoxx

        The home team is responsible for deciding to postpone a game up until the game starts, after that it is in the hands of the umpires.

        • Beast Mode


      • Jon


      • DarthHater


    • Brocktoon

      1. Yeah, the Cardinals were so terrified of Jason fucking Hammel that they postponed a game.

      2. There’s a game tomorrow, pretty sure Hammel might find a way to start.

  • kj1

    The end of an ERA will be here on Saturday when all fellow BN posters will need to go elsewhere to post their comments about the Cubs. I understand technology changes and I also understand Brett’s desire to step back and have a life. Brett’s commitment over the years has enriched our lives, and for that we should be thankful. Keep up the good work Brett, I will continue to be a loyal BN fan.

    • DarthHater

      I think you have misunderstood. This public comment board is not going anywhere. It’s only the separate message board section (see link at top of page) that is going away.

  • kj1

    I stand corrected, my apologies for the confusion.

  • Dustin S

    Will be a pain to get back to STL in August to use tonight’s ticket for the makeup. But 45 degrees and rainy had me underwhelmed even if they squeezed it in.