Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Cardinals (7:15 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Cardinals (7:15 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs closed their last home stand with a dud from starter Yu Darvish, a snoozer from the offense, and back-to-back losses at the hands of the Rockies. But now they’re heading to St. Louis for the weekend, and I’m sure that has their energy back up.

Plus, Jose Quintana is taking the bump later tonight, and he’s coming off an absolute gem against the Brewers at Wrigley Field: 7.0 IP, 2H, 1BB, 7Ks. By game score (81), that start was better than all but four last season, so it’s fair to say Quintana’s coming in hot. Hopefully, he can keep it up.

It’s worth pointing out that the Cardinals’ 91 wRC+ against southpaws this season ranks among the bottom ten in baseball.

Starting opposite Quintana for the Cardinals is newly-returned-to-the-States right-hander Miles Mikolas. As we explored in the Series Preview, Mikolas has walked just 2 batters (against 27 strikeouts) over five starts this season, and didn’t walk any in either of his last two games. He’s also earned a 50% ground ball rate and an above-average 20.6% soft-hit rate, so the Cubs definitely have their work cut out for them.

If there was any time to turn it on, tonight would be it. Let’s see it, Cubs. Wow us.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (16-12) at St. Louis Cardinals (17-12) – 7:15 CT on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jose Quintana (L): 5.74 ERA, 4.24 FIP; 1.92 K/BB

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Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (R): 3.27 ERA, 3.76 FIP; 3.18 K/BB

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup:

  1. Tommy Pham, CF
  2. Matt Carpenter, 2B
  3. Jose Martinez, 1B
  4. Marcell Ozuna, LF
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. Dexter Fowler, RF
  7. Jedd Gyorko, 3B
  8. Paul DeJong, SS
  9. Miles Mikolas, 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. Albert Almora, CF
  7. Jason Heyward, RF
  8. Javy Baez, SS
  9. Jose Quintana, P


Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami