June 19: Cubs (29-40) @ Cardinals (45-26)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals enter tonight’s game not having won back-to-back games since June 9-11 but still owning a 2.5-game lead over the Reds in the division. The Pirates, who are in the middle of a series in Cincinnati, are right behind with a three-game deficit. Though the Cardinals’ schedule has gotten easier over the last week-plus, the club has not used that as an opportunity to create some distance in the division. The team has rotated from win to loss each day since June 11.

Earlier today, the Cardinals announced the signing of first-round pick Marco Gonzales, a left-hander out of Gonzaga University. Gonzales threw a bullpen session at Busch Stadium before meeting with the media. He will fly to Florida on Thursday to prepare for the start of the Gulf Coast League season. You will be able to read more on and from Gonzales on cardinals.com tonight.

David Freese is sitting tonight, though manager Mike Matheny said there is no injury issue. After Freese’s 0-for-4 night on Tuesday, Matheny thought this would be a good day for Freese to catch his breath and take a break.


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


  1. Luis Valbuena (3B)
  2. Starlin Castro (3B)
  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. Edwin Jackson (RHP)

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1 Comment

Increasingly hard to find playing time for the 3rd Matt!

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