There's a separate post with a recap of Game 1, but you can start the buzz for Game 2 here.
Alcantara CF, Baez 2B, Castro SS, Soler RF, Castillo C, Valbuena 3B, Valaika 1B, Szczur LF, Wada P
Carpenter 3B, Wong 2B, Holliday LF, Adams 1B, Molina C, Taveras RF, Bourjos CF, Descalso SS, Gonzales P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Tsuyoshi Wada seems to get better with every start. He has a 2.12 ERA in five August starts in which he has walked just five and struck out 28 in 29⅔ innings. The only real blemish on his August mark: five home runs in those 29⅔ innings. Keep away from the long ball, and he'll be all right. He has never faced the Cardinals.
Marco Gonzales was the Cardinals' first-round pick in 2013. The Cardinals seem to like to fast-track their first-round pitching picks (see: Michael Wacha). Gonzales, who has thrown very well in the Cardinals system, has struggled in three big-league starts, posting a 7.07 ERA and issuing 11 walks in 14 innings. If the Cubs can be patient... good things could follow. He has obviously never faced the Cubs.
Today's second game is on CSN Chicago.
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.