June 26: Cubs @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (48-24, +8.0 in NL Central), Cubs (39-32, -8.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB Network, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Jason Heyward (RF), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), John Lackey (RHP)

Cubs lineup: Dexter Fowler (CF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Kris Bryant (3B), Miguel Montero (C), Chris Coghlan (LF), Starlin Castro (SS), Mike Baxter (RF), Jake Arrieta (RHP), Addison Russell (2B),

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Reading material:

  • Fresh off the disabled list, Lance Lynn tosses six scoreless innings in Thursday’s win (link)
  • A late addition to the lineup, Pete Kozma records three hits to lead the Cardinals to a sweep (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-1 in over the Marlins (link)
  • Pitching prospect Alex Reyes to represent the Cardinals in next month’s All-Star Futures Game (link)
  • Jaime Garcia reports improvement after exiting Wednesday’s game with a cramp (link)
  • Preview of Friday’s series opener against the Cubs (link)

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Welcome back.

Yes, glad to see you’ve returned. We were having Jen-withdrawal! Lol.

Thanks for missing me.🙂 I have a few series off here and there over the next few months, but otherwise I’ll be around covering everything from here on out. We are required to use at least one week of vacation in season, but I always try to choose a time where things are a little slower.

Whoa Jen, that”s tough to have ta’ choose vacay-days during the season. I suspect it’s gotta’ be done in advance…so, no way to tell early on, what’ll be happening at any given time forward. Got it! ; )

Have the Cards been scouting any teams? And if so who? Starting arms seem too expensive right now,but I like Cory Dickerson from Colorado;LF. I’m not sure about Holiday’s return time and maybe this is a good time to evaluate his time with us.I believe his contract is up next year and will not see another one like the Cards gave him last time.

It says Holliday’s $120M contract goes thru 2016…making him a free-agent in 2017. So I kinda’ doubt that 2 years from now, at 37? He would wanna’ re-up with anyone (for any amount of bucks) unless it was the Cards…if they’ll have him. Merely my 2-cents. Basically, ’cause he’s too personally invested in STL.

Two years from now, thanks I wasn’t sure. O.K.,then go get Pollock and you know why:)

Heck, who knows. You might be right…and the Cards ARE considering Pollock as an option. However, we’ll get no hints on anything…until after it’s a done deal. Mozeliak has consistently surprised me, thus far…and I doubt that he’ll change. : )

News flash: “Holliday may be back sooner than later”…according to statement made on tonite’s FoxSportsMidwest post-game show.

Imagine what it would be like to be in Greg Garcia’s shoes this morning………Wow!!
Next man up kinda thing.
I heard that Fox report too ,but at Holiday’s age and the type of injury for that age, he won’t be near 100%.Remember he’ll have to play the field and he’s not real good at it now.Defensive replacement in the late innings won’t be good enough,its the first 7 I’m worried about.He needs to be out for as long as it takes to heal properly.Rushing back will just get him hurt again. Man, I did not realize how good a pitcher that Jake Arrieta was.Throws strikes and worked pretty fast…………my kind of pitcher! Well, on to game two. If we win, I wonder who be the guy to step up this time?

No kidding! Greg had to be in heaven! As I said the other day….it sure is sumpin’ how one of the Cards always seems to make a critical play to help win a game. The fun part? Ya’ never know who it’ll be. Luckily for G Garcia….the fan who caught his HR, gave him the ball back.
And I’m totally with ya’ on Holliday. He should just take it easy & relax for as long as it takes. Especially, since the Cards have been hangin’ tough, without him.
Wacha’s up against Donn Roach, who’s making his debut as a Cub today. A rookie RHP last year for San Diego (with 1 start & 15 relief appearances)…he’ll hit the mound tonite with a 4.75 ERA. Michael just needs to bring his A-game.
Btw, kinda’ pathetic about Ryne Sandberg’s resignation yesterday. Had to be pretty emotional for him, considering the Phillies are last in all of baseball. (A small consolation, but at least they took their last series (2-1) vs the Yankees.)

I was also dismayed over Sandberg’s resignation.Class act and the Phillies are even worse off without him.He’ll land on his feet somewhere.The Red Sox will get rid of Farrell soon,but I’d think twice before joining that circus.
Wacha on the hill makes me feel good.Would like to see more bats come alive.We were out hit 2 to 1 last night.Can’t live like that to often. Get me Pollock Mo!!!

Interesting article on Sandberg I read….which alluded to him being undeservedly disrespected by Phillies’ players. Some of them anyway. The piece ended with this statement: “The Phillies’ roster is a highly paid, poisonous mix.”
Plus, it sounds like a done deal…and Ryne’s retiring from managing, permanently.

Losers always find a way to blame others for their faults. Makes me love “the next man up” philosophy alot more.

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