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Almost There Thread: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Friday 9/19, 1:20 CT

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St. Louis Cardinals
@ Chicago Cubs

Friday, Sep 19, 2008, 1:20 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Adam Wainwright vs Carlos Zambrano

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 75.

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There's an old saying: "A picture is worth 1000 words." If that's true, here are 4000:

Base hit!

Cubs win!

Congrats, D-Lee!

Group jump!

All photos above by David Sameshima

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
vs. Adam Wainwright

14-5 W-L 9-3
3.41 ERA 3.20
127 SO 84
65 BB 26
16 HR 12
vs. StL -- vs. Cubs

Adam Wainwright missed two months on the DL, came back in August, threw pretty well and then got hit hard in his last start vs. the Pirates. His only start vs. the Cubs this year was a no-decision on May 2, a game the Cubs won in 11. (Who's that guy who started for the Cubs that day? Never heard of him.) Aramis Ramirez is the Cub who likes to hit Wainwright the best (7-for-19, .368/.455/.684, 3 doubles, a HR).

You all know what Z did in his last start. The Cardinals are one of the teams he throws best against: 9-5, 2.77 in 21 lifetime appearances (20 starts), though they beat him up pretty good on August 9 at Wrigley Field, even though Z homered in that game. Albert Pujols also homered in that game (and so did three other Cardinals), but has only a .250 lifetime average vs. Z.

You asked for it, you got it! Today's Gratuitous Geo Photo:

Go Geo Go!

Today's game is again on cable in Chicago and St. Louis, and at the Mediacenter. Gameday game preview

As always, you can find the overflow comment threads, including the first pitch thread, on the right sidebar of both the front page and any interior page in the box headed "RECENT STORIES IN GAME THREADS". Today's first pitch thread posts at 1:15 pm CT, and the overflow comment threads will post at 2:15, 3:15 and 4 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.