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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Preview, Wednesday 6/22, 1:20 CT

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The Cubs attempt to salvage one game from this series... if they can get it in. Storms are expected.

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Here, for your convenience, is WGN's weather radar GIF loop, which should stay current throughout the day. Hopefully, storms will subside long enough to play baseball this afternoon.

Here are today's particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Coghlan LF, Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Montero C, Baez SS, Szczur CF, Arrieta P 

Cardinals lineup:

Carpenter 2B, Diaz SS, Adams 1B, Piscotty RF,  Peralta 3B, Moss LF, Molina C, Wong CF, Wacha P 

Jake Arrieta

vs

Michael Wacha

Jake Arrieta's start vs. the Cardinals this year, May 25 in St. Louis, was his worst start of the year. (Many starters would have found it at least decent, but not Jake.) That was in the middle of a six-start stretch in which his ERA "ballooned" to 2.92. (Lots of guys would take that, too.)

Since then Jake appears back on target. Last two starts: 13 innings, six hits, two earned runs, 14 strikeouts. Keep up the good work.

The Cubs absolutely crushed Michael Wacha May 24 in St. Louis: eight hits, four walks and eight earned runs in four innings. Wacha has improved since then: 3.51 ERA in four starts, all of them against good teams (Giants, Pirates, Nationals, Rangers). He has a 5.90 ERA in 10 career appearances (nine starts) against the Cubs, his worst against any team he's faced more than once. He's not much better at Wrigley: four appearances (three starts), 5.50 ERA.

Let's hope the Cubs keep hitting him like that this afternoon.

Today's game is on ABC7 Chicago.

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 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.