Having split the first two games of this series, the Cubs are 5-6 against the Cardinals this year with one game remaining now and two more three-game series upcoming, one in St. Louis in August and the other, the final three home games of 2014.
It would be nice to win this one today, get a series win for the first time in almost two months, and even up the season set with the Cardinals, and help knock them down a peg in the N.L. Central and wild-card races.
Also, only one game so far in this homestand has been shorter than three hours and 20 minutes. It'd be nice if today would be the second.
Here are today's particulars, and Adam Wainwright's record against the Cubs is definitely worth your perusal.
Bonifacio 2B, Alcantara CF, Rizzo 1B, Castro SS, Valbuena 3B, Coghlan LF, Castillo C, Sweeney RF, Hendricks P
Carpenter 3B, Wong 2B, Holliday LF, Adams 1B, Peralta SS, Pierzynski C, Taveras RF, Jay CF, Wainwright P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Kyle Hendricks looked okay in his first start after a shaky beginning. He looked very good in his second start. Now he'll dive into the Cubs/Cardinals rivalry. This oughta be fun. Obviously, he's never faced the Cardinals nor anyone on their roster before.
You can tell me you can't "take out" games from a player's record, but Adam Wainwright's splits this year are very odd. He's been one of the best pitchers in the National League, a potential Cy Young candidate. Yet against the Cubs, in three starts, he's allowed 24 hits and 12 runs in 18 innings, with a 1.50 WHIP and 6.00 ERA. Against everyone else he has a 0.85 WHIP and 1.44 ERA. That's just... weird. Wainwright has given up four home runs this year: three to Cubs (Junior Lake, Luis Valbuena, Anthony Rizzo) and one to all the other teams in the major leagues combined (Hunter Pence is the only non-Cub who's homered off Wainwright all year).
If you can explain that, feel free in the comments. Here's hoping the Cubs' dominance of Wainwright continues.
Today's game is on WCIU. WCIU games can also be seen on the following channels: Springfield/Decatur/Champaign, WCIX 49.2; Peoria, WAOE 59.1; Des Moines, WHO 13.2; Quad Cities (Davenport/Moline), WQAD 8.2 or 8.3; Ft. Wayne, WANE 15.2; South Bend, WMYS 69; Rockford, WTVO 17.2; Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City-Dubuque KCRG 9.2.
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.