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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals doubleheader preview, Saturday 9/5, 4:15 CT

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The first game of this series went well. Here’s hoping for two more just like that tonight.

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Saturday notes:

  • Per the Cubs transaction list, Adbert Alzolay has been recalled to start Game 1. There doesn’t appear to be a corresponding move, so he could be the 29th man today. I will update if it’s different.
  • Other transactions within the last couple of days, in case you missed them:
  • AJ Ramos and Cody Allen were released.
  • Josh Phegley and Ian Miller cleared waivers and were assigned to the alternate training site in South Bend.
  • First, a reminder that in addition to both of these games being seven-inning affairs, the Cubs will be the “road” team and bat first in Game 2. Despite that, for statistical purposes both these games will be considered “home” games for the Cubs since they are being played at Wrigley Field.
  • This will result in a TBD change to the Cardinals rotation:
  • SITE NOTE: There won’t be a separate recap of Game 1 before Game 2 starts; instead, I will recap both games Sunday morning. For more on the game thread procedure today, see below.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs Game 1 lineup:

Cardinals Game 1 lineup:

Game 1: Adbert Alzolay, RHP vs. Adam Wainwright, RHP

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Adbert Alzolay has had two stints as “29th man” for doubleheaders this year and has had strong outings in both of them. Total for this year: six innings, three hits, two walks, one unearned run, eight strikeouts. This is what the Cubs hoped he’d become, and he’ll need to, because with the injuries to Tyler Chatwood and Jose Quintana, Alzolay will need to step up in the rotation.

His first outing this year was an excellent five-inning start vs. the Cardinals in the second game of a doubleheader August 19 at Wrigley Field. Another one just like that, please.

Many thought Adam Wainwright would retire after the 2019 season, but he came back for one more and has been a pleasant surprise for the Cardinals, making five starts, most of them very good.

He has not faced the Cubs this year. Last year the Cubs hit him pretty good — five starts, 5.27 ERA, 1.610 WHIP, five home runs in 27⅓ innings.

This is Wainwright’s 42nd career start against the Cubs. In the divisional play era (since 1969), only five pitchers have more: Steve Carlton, Bob Forsch, Phil Niekro, Steve Rogers and Tom Seaver.

Ian Happ, who’s back in the lineup today, is 6-for-11 lifetime vs. Wainwright.

Game 2: TBD vs. Dakota Hudson, RHP

Here’s the scoop re: Game 2:

Both of today’s games are on Marquee Sports Network. Here is a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. Both games will also be on MLB Network (outside the Cubs and Cardinals market territories).

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday for Game 1

MLB.com Gameday for Game 2

Baseball-reference.com game preview for Game 1

Baseball-reference.com game preview for Game 2

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The 2020 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used in previous years. The game procedure for today’s doubleheader will be a little bit different, though, see below.

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/Date) 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, and for today’s doubleheader — since it’s a traditional doubleheader with about 40 minutes in between games — overflow threads will post one hour, two hours, three hours and four hours after the first pitch.

Discuss amongst yourselves.