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Pre-Gamin’: Cardinals at Cubs (1:20 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Pre-Gamin'

The Cardinals are coming to town.

At the beginning of the year, I doubt many expected this three game series against the Cardinals in mid-September to carry much weight, and yet, here are. The Cubs have a three game lead in the division, and they’re playing the Cardinals in three straight starting, well, now-ish.


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Starting for the Cardinals today is Carlos Martinez, and we covered him quite a bit in the Series Preview:

… it seems the HR spike has reached Martinez this year, as his 16.0% HR/FB ratio is well above his career average before this season (9.2%). And on top of that, his fly ball rate has increased from 26.2% to 29.8% this season. Moreover, his hard-hit rate has spiked from a really quite excellent 27.9% before 2017, up to a more mediocre 31.5% this season.

On top of that, I want to add that Martinez’s ground ball rate has fallen immensely this year and he’s gotten the benefit of a .279 BABIP, which is well below his career mark before this season (.310 BABIP). He’s beatable. Oh, and he has just a 4.08 ERA in 81.2 innings pitched against the Cubs in his career.


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John Lackey is standing opposite Martinez this afternoon, and that should be no surprise, as the Cubs have bent the schedule to get him in front of the Cardinals a lot over the past two seasons. But let’s side-step the Lackey/Cardinal stats for now, because I want to talk about his last two games:

v. Braves: 7.0 IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 5Ks
v. Brewers: 7.0 IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 9Ks

After a couple of bad starts (result-wise, at least) against the Reds and Phillies, Lackey has bounced back in a big way lately. Hopefully, he keeps that streak up and lays some pressure on the Cardinals.

Big game today, guys. How are you feeling?

 

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (80-66) at St. Louis Cardinals (77-69) – 1:20 CT on ABC-7, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun today.


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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: John Lackey (R): 4.65 ERA, 5.26 FIP, 4.56 xFIP; 2.98 K/BB

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Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (R): 3.33 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 3.56 xFIP; 3.17 K/BB

St. Louis Cardinals:

  1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  2. Tommy Pham, LF
  3. Paul DeJong, SS
  4. Jose Martinez, 1B
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. Stephen Piscotty, RF
  7. Kolton Wong, 2B
  8. Harrison Bader, CF
  9. Carlos Martinez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Willson Contreras, C
  5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  6. Jon Jay, CF
  7. Jason Heyward, RF
  8. Javy Baez, SS
  9. John Lackey, P

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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.