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The Final "Cubs On Fox" For 2009: Cubs vs. Cardinals Preview, Saturday 9/19, 3:10 CT

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Where will the wizard send you today?
Where will the wizard send you today?

The Cubs game is the main Fox-TV game this afternoon; the others are Twins/Tigers and Giants/Dodgers. The Twins/Tigers game will be seen in Minnesota, Michigan, Toledo (Detroit's Triple-A team is there), and, bizarrely, New York City, Boston and other parts of New England. The Giants/Dodgers game goes to most markets from the Rocky Mountains on West (except for Montana, which is getting the Twins). So if you're anywhere but those areas, you'll see the Cubs and Cardinals.

However, according to Fox's website, the Cubs will be playing the Rams today.

Bruce Miles has more on Milton Bradley (sorry, had to do this, Milton makes news even when he's not playing):

Milton Bradley took BP, but Lou says he day to day. Methinks those days to days are numbered in Chicago, though. I can't see this going on past this year. The Cubs probably won't call up prospect Tyler Colvin from Class AA Tennessee unless Bradley can't play anymore this year. It would be interesting to see him, though.

And there's one other game you might want to pay attention to tonight -- on the South Side of Chicago. Jake Peavy will make his White Sox debut against the Royals. Just sayin'.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ryan Dempster
Ryan Dempster
Cubs
vs. Chris Carpenter
Chris Carpenter
Cardinals
10-8 W-L 16-4
3.84 ERA 2.45
144 SO 132
60 BB 32
19 HR 7
vs. StL -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Ryan Dempster 10-8 27 27 0 0 0 0 171.0 170 86 73 19 60 144 3.84 1.35


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Chris Carpenter 16-4 25 25 3 1 0 0 172.2 140 48 47 7 32 132 2.45 1.00

Chris Carpenter and Ryan Dempster matched up on May 20 in St. Louis; the Cardinals won 2-1 in one of the games in The Series In Which The Cubs Refused To Score (two runs in three games). Carpenter also beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 10. He's 9-3, 3.02 lifetime against the Cubs. Derrek Lee likes to hit against him: 14-for-42 (.333), 2 doubles, a HR.

Ryan Dempster, in addition to the loss above, has faced the Cardinals two other times this season with a 4.26 overall ERA and a pair of no-decisions. Since August 1, Dempster has been nearly as good as he was all last year, posting a 2.98 ERA in nine starts, though going only 5-4. He has walked only 16 in 60.1 innings in that time period. Ryan Ludwick is 8-for 16 vs. Demp and Skip Schumaker has hit .407 against him (11-for-27).

See above for today's TV information. For other games today see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Cardinals site Viva el Birdos.

Once again, just two overflow threads today -- 4:15 pm and 5:15 pm CDT. If there's a need for another one, please post as a FanShot.

Discuss amongst yourselves.