September 25: Cardinals @ Cubs

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (81-73, -17.0 in NL Central), Cubs (98-55, +17.0 in NL Central)

Wild Card: Mets, Giants, Cardinals (-0.5), Pirates (-4.5), Marlins (-5.0)

First pitch: 7:08 pm CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Brandon Moss (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Randal Grichuk (CF), Jose Martinez (LF), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Cubs lineup: Dexter Fowler (CF), Kris Bryant (LF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Ben Zobrist (2B), Addison Russell (SS), Jason Heyward (RF), Javier Baez (3B), David Ross (C), Jon Lester (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 10-4 win over the Cubs on Saturday (link)
  • The Cardinals’ offense shows its depth by scoring early and often in Saturday’s win (link)
  • Matt Holliday’s rehab work is on pause until after he visits a hand specialist on Monday (link)

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Martinez did fairly well but horrible at bats by Carpenter, Grichuk and Piscotty in key moments kept them behind until the bullpens made the difference.

Carlos Martinez did pitch pretty good. Lester just wasn’t throwing much over the plate. (Mostly low & outside balls, often in the dirt.)
That tall kid Jose Martinez didn’t do too bad either. He managed to foul off a couple of Chapman’s 103-104 mph pitches in the 9th….which I found rather impressive.
I think all of our infielders are fairly exhausted. But there’s no time to rest. Gotta’ keep trying to win every single game of the very few that are left.

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