Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

wrigley outfieldHappy Jake Arrieta Day! Happy Game Three Day! Happy Wind Howling Out This Might Be Awesome or Terrifying or Both Day!

The Cubs welcome the Cardinals to Wrigley Field for the first playoff game here since 2008. The Cubs lost that game to the Dodgers 10-2 … but we know these Cubs are not those Cubs.

Michael Wacha hasn’t been great lately or against the Cubs, Jake Arrieta has been great lately and against the Cardinals. Neither of those things independently – nor the both of them together – guarantees that the Cubs will win today, but I think it’s fair to say the Cubs have the edge in this one.

But the Cubs’ bats will still have to execute, the gloves will have to make plays, and, of course, Arrieta will have to do his thing (and keep the ball down). I’d tentatively expect more scoring today than usual in an Arrieta-led start (which, in recent months, means the Cardinals might score two or more), again, because the wind might be howling out. But that also means, even if the Cubs were to go down early, the game is far from over.

I suppose that’ll cut both ways.

The Wife and I will be in center field for this one – Aisle 339, third row – so look for us catching Jorge Soler bombs.

Game Info

St. Louis Cardinals v. Chicago Cubs (Series Tied), 5:00 CT on TBS.

Game Thread and Series Preview

Your game thread is down there in the comments, so have fun.

The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Michael Wacha (3.38 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 3.88 xFIP; 2.64 K/BB)


Jake Arrieta (1.77 ERA, 2.35 FIP, 2.61 xFIP; 4.92 K/BB)

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

1. Matt Carpenter, 3B

2. Stephen Piscotty, 1B

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Jason Heyward, RF

5. Jhonny Peralta, SS

6. Tommy Pham, CF

7. Yadier Molina, C

8. Kolten Wong, 2B

9. Michael Wacha, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF

2. Jorge Soler, RF

3. Kris Bryant, 3B

4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

5. Starlin Castro, 2B

6. Kyle Schwarber, LF

7. Addison Russell, SS

8. Miguel Montero, C

9. Jake Arrieta, P

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