Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Cardinals (7:05 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Cardinals (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

I leave for one weekend and the Cubs have already lost two against the Cardinals? Come on, guys. Hopefully, now that I’m home, they can salvage the weekend with a win tonight.

It’s Jon Lester getting the ball in today’s finale, and I’m particularly interested to see how he does. Lester has allowed just a combined three earned runs over his past three starts and just seven in his past five, but has walked ten guys during that stretch, while dealing with, at times, depressed velocity. Frankly, at this point in the season, I’d take a sharp-looking Lester with command and every ounce of his regular velocity over a perfect start. The rotation might not be leaning on him like they used to, but he still means a great deal to their chances this season.

Against Lester and the Cubs, the Cardinals are sending the righty, Michael Wacha. The results for Wacha have been pretty good this season, though his strikeout rate has fallen and his walk rate has climbed considerably compared to his career. Hopefully, that holds up tonight and the Cubs get back on track.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (16-14) at St. Louis Cardinals (19-12) – 7:15 CT on ESPN, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jon Lester (L): 2.73 ERA, 4.55 FIP; 4.65 K/BB

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Cardinals: Michael Wacha (R): 3.27 ERA, 3.76 FIP; 3.18 K/BB

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup:

  1. Harrison Bader, CF
  2. Dexter Fowler, RF
  3. Jose Martinez, 1B
  4. Marcell Ozuna, LF
  5. Jedd Gyorko, 3B
  6. Paul DeJong, SS
  7. Kolten Wong, 2B
  8. Francisco Pena, C
  9. Michael Wacha, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Willson Contreras, C
  2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Ian Happ, CF
  7. Javier Baez, 2B
  8. Jason Heyward, RF
  9. Jon Lester, P


Author: Michael Cerami

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