At last, the Cubs get to play an outdoor series in warm, summerlike conditions, as temperatures in St. Louis should be in the 70s and 80s for all three games. Rain might be a factor in Tuesday's and Wednesday's games, but tonight should proceed without weather interruption.
Perhaps the warm conditions will help warm up Cubs bats, too.
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Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Bryant RF, Zobrist 2B, Rizzo 1B, Soler LF, Montero C, Baez 3B, Russell SS, Lackey P
Carpenter 3B, Diaz SS, Holliday LF, Piscotty RF, Moss 1B, Molina C, Grichuk CF, Wong 2B, Wainwright P
John Lackey has already defeated the Cardinals once this year, April 18 in St. Louis, with seven scoreless innings in which he struck out 11, probably his best start as a Cub. Lackey is also having an excellent May: 1.86 ERA, 0.759 WHIP in four starts covering 29 innings, so he's averaging more than seven innings per start this month. More of this, please.
Adam Wainwright's year has not gone well. He threw 6⅔ scoreless innings in his last outing (against the Rockies) but previous to that had an ERA of 6.80. Even now, his WHIP stands at 1.529, and he's allowed five home runs in 51⅔ innings. Five different current Cubs have homered off him: Anthony Rizzo, Miguel Montero, Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward and David Ross. Hopefully, this means the Cubs offense will get going.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago Plus (check your cable/satellite guide for the channel).
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The 2016 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used at the end of 2015. Here's how it works.
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.