busch stadiumThe Cubs can make this seven-game stretch against the Dodgers and Cardinals a tolerable 3-4 with a win tonight. Jason Hammel faces Carlos Martinez, who has been on a roll, though the Cubs did handle him the last time they faced him.

It’s actually pretty silly how much I feel like a win tonight will leave me feeling solid, and a loss will leave me feeling despondent. One game in either direction – especially one in June – shouldn’t carry that much weight. But, what can I say? I feels what I feels.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo flip-flop in the lineup for this one after each has been dealing with a little bit of a cold period. Maybe something small will help kickstart them.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (39-34) at St. Louis Cardinals (50-24), 7:05 CT on ESPN (and might be blacked out on MLB.tv).

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Jason Hammel (2.65 ERA, 3.03 FIP, 3.17 xFIP; 5.75 K/BB)


Carlos Martinez (2.89 ERA, 3.60 FIP, 3.14 xFIP; 2.61 K/BB)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Kolten Wong, 2B

2. Matt Carpenter, 3B

3. Jhonny Peralta, SS

4. Jason Heyward, RF

5. Randal Grichuk, LF

6. Yadier Molina, C

7. Xavier Scruggs, 1B

8. Jon Jay, CF

9. Carlos Martinez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF

2. Kris Bryant, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Miguel Montero, C

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Chris Coghlan, LF

7. Chris Denorfia, RF

8. Jason Hammel, P

9. Addison Russell, 2B

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