Cubs vs. Cardinals Preview, Wednesday 5/14, 7:15 CT

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The Cubs will try for another win Wednesday night, weather permitting.

This St. Louis-area weather forecast does not look good for playing baseball tonight:

Late Afternoon Rain. High near 56. North wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Tonight Rain, mainly before 3am. Low around 48. North wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

They can't wait all that long to start, since there is an afternoon game tomorrow. For the same reason, any rainout tonight wouldn't be made up tomorrow -- not on getaway day with the Cubs having a 1:20 game at Wrigley Field Friday.

So... if tonight's game is rained out, expect it to be made up when the Cubs return to St. Louis in August. The teams have a common off day next Monday, though I doubt the Cubs players would accept having to travel to St. Louis in the middle of a homestand. There's another one July 21, when the Cubs would be returning from Arizona and the Cardinals in the middle of a homestand.

Stay tuned for more info.

Cubs lineup:

Bonifacio CF, Kalish RF, Rizzo 1B, Castro SS, Valbuena 2B, Lake LF, Olt 3B, Baker C, Hammel P

Interesting. Let's see how this combination produces. John Baker, once again Jason Hammel's personal catcher.

Cardinals lineup:

Carpenter 3B, Peralta SS, Holliday LF, Adams 1B, Molina C, Craig RF, Bourjos CF, Ellis 2B, Wacha P

Today's Starting Pitchers

Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel


Cubs

vs. Michael Wacha

Michael Wacha


Cardinals

vs. StL

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vs. Cubs

Jason Hammel had a decent start against the Cardinals May 4 at Wrigley Field, but it wasn't quite enough as St. Louis defeated the Cubs 5-4. Hammel has thrown at least six innings in all seven of his starts (and at least seven in five of them), and has been the Cubs' second-most-consistent starter this year. A long outing would help tonight, after the Cubs went through most of the pen last night.

Michael Wacha held the Cubs to two runs in six innings May 3 at Wrigley Field, but Cubs pitchers were better, shutting out the Cardinals. A repeat of that would be nice.

Today's game is on CSN Chicago.

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.

For 2014, we are going to have the same game-thread routine as 2013. Here's how it works.

You'll find the game preview -- like this one -- posting as the first link in the StoryStream™, which will then contain all the overflow threads and the recap. The recap will also be on the front page as a separate post; once I post a game recap, the stream for each game will be retitled "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.

In general, game previews will post two hours before game time. Exception: for day games after night games, that will usually be 90 minutes.

You will also be able to find the First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in this StoryStream™. As I've done for each regular-season game for several years now, we'll have the First Pitch thread at five minutes before game time (moved up from actual game time per your requests), then an overflow one hour, two hours and 2:45 after game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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