June 17: Cubs (28-39) @ Cardinals (44-25)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Once again, the pregame story is rain. That seems to have been the case more often than not lately — and I’ve quit my part-time gig as a meteorologist, so I’m not going to begin to predict how this rain may affect tonight’s game. Just stayed tuned. And remember that if this game is played, it will be shown on ESPN and Fox Sports Midwest.

The Cardinals, on the heels of their first series loss since April, welcome the Cubs to town for a four-game series. It marks the first of three visits the Cubs will make to St. Louis. The Cubs come in with an 8-21 mark against NL Central teams, though they are sitting a percentage point above the Brewers in the bottom of the division.

Monday’s starter Travis Wood defeated the Cardinals back on May 7, when he allowed one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Jon Jay (CF)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Shelby Miller (RHP)

CUBS LINEUP:

  1. Luis Valbuena (3B)
  2. Starlin Castro (SS)
  3. Nate Schierholtz (RF)
  4. Alfonso Soriano (LF)
  5. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
  6. Ryan Sweeney (CF)
  7. Welington Castillo (C)
  8. Darwin Barney (2B)
  9. Travis Wood (LHP)

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1 Comment

Would you mind providing an update on Tommy Pham’s injury?

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