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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Game 1 Preview, Tuesday 7/7, 12:20 CT

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Eventually, the Cubs will solve the Cardinals and win. It would be nice if that started today.

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Honestly, after yet another loss to the Cardinals, what more can be said? The Cubs simply have to start winning these games. Jon Lester summed up the issue after Monday's game:

"They’re a veteran team," Lester said after throwing 6 1/3 no-hit innings but was victimized by a throwing error by third baseman Kris Bryant that led to two unearned runs in the seventh and snapped a scoreless tie. They do everything right. They make the plays when they’re in front of them. They have timely hitting. They understand it takes nine innings to win a baseball game.

"We’re close. We got a bunch of young guys who are trying to, not say survive because they’re beyond that point, they’re too good to survive. They’re here for a long time. When you’re used to winning, you understand how to win, and that will take some time here. The guys who have been a part of this organization haven’t won for a long time. That will take some time to learn, and sometimes I think nights like this get overshadowed by the other side."

Lester, having been part of two World Series winners, is right. It will come. Let it start soon.

Incidentally, even though this makeup game is being played three months after the postponement, the weather forecast isn't much better than you'd get on many April days in Chicago.

Here are today's particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Fowler CF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Soler RF, Castro SS, Denorfia LF, Arrieta P, Herreral 2B

Cardinals lineup:

Pham LF, Wong 2B, Peralta SS, Heyward RF, Reynolds 1B, Bourjos CF, Scruggs 1B, Cruz C, Lyons P

Today's Starting Pitchers

Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta


Cubs

vs. Tyler Lyons

Tyler Lyons


Cardinals

vs. StL

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vs. Cubs

Jake Arrieta has made two starts against the Cardinals this year. One was really good, the other not so much. Jake's last three starts have been excellent: 24 innings, 12 hits, two walks, two runs (0.75 ERA), 21 strikeouts. That's the sort of thing that needs to continue.

Tyler Lyons started against the Cubs May 5 in St. Louis. The Cubs hit him pretty hard (six hits, four runs in 4⅓ innings) but the Cardinals won the game. You might also remember this 2014 game, where Lyons gave the Cubs nine runs in four innings, though most of those Cubs aren't on the team anymore. Let's hope the current version picks up where those guys left off.

Today's game is on WGN. In most of the country this game will be seen on MLB Network. For coverage info in other Midwest markets click here (link opens .pdf).

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

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The 2015 Game Thread procedure has changed a bit. Here's how it will work going forward.

You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).

At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap 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 the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.