busch stadiumIt’s up to Travis Wood and a Rizzo-less, Soler-less lineup to bring home the series.

The Cubs, having taken two of the first three in St. Louis, have a shot to close out August with one of their most impressive series wins on the year.

Soler’s day off is his first since coming up to the Cubs – although he missed a game yesterday, he played in the other. Thus, it wasn’t actually a day off. Today is the day off.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (61-75) at St. Louis Cardinals (72-63), 1:15 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (4.72 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 4.52 xFIP; 1.96 K/BB)


John Lackey (3.77 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 3.45 xFIP; 3.54 K/BB (Red Sox and Cardinals))

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Matt Carpenter, 3B

2. Randal Grichuk, RF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Jhonny Peralta, SS

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. Jon Jay, CF

7. Kolten Wong, 2B

8. Daniel Descalsco, 1B

9. John Lackey, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Javier Baez, 2B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Luis Valbuena, 3B

5. Arismendy Alcantara, CF

6. Logan Watkins, RF

7. Chris Valaika, 1B

8. John Baker, C

9. Travis Wood, P

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