Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Preview, Saturday 7/21, 6:15 CT

Write your own caption: Skip Schumaker of the St. Louis Cardinals breaks up a double play against Darwin Barney of the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Didn't we do this yesterday? A Cubs game in St. Louis with a pitcher on the mound for our favorite team who's the subject of multiple trade rumors?

Matt Garza is either going to the Red Sox, or the Tigers, or the Yankees... or he's staying put. Truth be told, I can't really read any of these rumors. More so than in the case of Ryan Dempster, who is a free agent after this year, the Cubs might be inclined to keep Garza since he's younger and has another year of team control before free agency.

The countdown continues: 10 days until the non-waiver trade deadline. Just because the Cubs have done nothing so far, doesn't mean they'll stand pat.

This game was originally scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. CDT start, but Fox-TV (which was going to carry it) dropped it from their list, so it was moved to 6:15. If you're here at posting time (4 p.m. CDT) and wondering why the game isn't going on, that's why.

Cubs lineup:

DeJesus CF, Castro SS, Rizzo 1B, Soriano LF, LaHair RF, Soto C, Barney 2B, Valbuena 3B, Garza P

Cardinals lineup:

Furcal SS, Schumaker 2B, Holliday LF, Beltran RF, Molina C, Berkman 1B, Freese 3B, Jay CF, Westbrook P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Matt Garza
Matt Garza
Cubs
vs. Jake Westbrook
Jake Westbrook
Cardinals
5-7 W-L 7-8
4.02 ERA 3.82
93 SO 72
30 BB 29
15 HR 8
vs. StL -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Matt Garza 5-7 17 17 0 0 0 0 100.2 88 48 45 15 30 93 4.02 1.17


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Jake Westbrook 7-8 20 18 1 0 0 0 113.0 121 54 48 8 29 72 3.82 1.33

Matt Garza threw seven strong innings against the Cardinals April 23 at Wrigley Field. And the Cubs actually won the game! Current Cardinals are hitting .261 (23-for-88) against Garza, with one home run (David Freese).

Jake Westbrook has made two starts against the Cubs this year; one was very good, the other, not so much. Overall this year he's given the Cubs 16 hits and five earned runs in 12 innings, with just four strikeouts. He's allowed a home run to Bryan LaHair and overall, current Cubs are hitting .280 (37-for-132) against him.

Today's game is on WGN. This is, in fact, the only time all season that an entire three-game series -- or any three consecutive games -- are on WGN. Enjoy it while it's here.

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Cardinals site Viva El Birdos.

Today's first pitch thread will post at 6:15 p.m. CDT and the overflows at 7:15, 8:15 and 9 p.m. CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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