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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Tuesday 8/2, 6:45 CT

The Cubs open a series against a divisional rival.

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Link to David Robertson trade story: Here

Link to Mychal Givens trade story: Here

Link to Willson Contreras/Ian Happ NON trade story: Here

Tuesday notes (and I wrote these before the trade deadline so tried to make sure they included only players who would still be with the team after the deadline)...

  • WHAT A RELIEF: Over the Cubs’ last 12 games, the bullpen has allowed just four earned runs in 46⅓ innings spanning the team’s last 11 games (0.78 ERA). In that span the pen has walked 18, struck out 51 and held opponents to a .181 BA (29-for-160).
  • HE’S HOT: Yan Gomes, last five games: .353/.421/.765 (6-for-17) with a double, two home runs and four runs scored.
  • HE’S NOT: Nico Hoerner, last four games: 0-for-12, five strikeouts.
  • THE NEW GUYS: Steven Brault and Erich Uelmen, combined since joining the Cubs’ active roster: eight appearances, 10⅔ innings, five hits and four walks allowed (0.844 WHIP), one earned run allowed (0.84 ERA).

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Cardinals lineup:

Keegan Thompson, RHP vs. Adam Wainwright, RHP


Keegan Thompson's last start, against the Pirates, could have been scoreless if not for some sketchy defense behind him — again pointing out the need for good defensive play.

That start was pushed back so that Thompson could take advantage of Monday's off day as they look to manage his workload.

He has made one start against the Cardinals this year, June 2 at Wrigley Field, where he allowed three runs in 5⅓ innings. Another one like that would look pretty good.

This is Adam Wainwright's 46th career start against the Cubs. That ties him with Phil Niekro for the most against the Cubs in the divisional play era (since 1969). He'll likely make two more before the end of the year, too. And given the good year he's having, it wouldn't surprise me to see him back in 2023.

Wainwright has made one start against the Cubs this year, June 5 at Wrigley Field, and held them to two runs in seven innings. They'll have to do better tonight in order to win.


Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

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The 2022 Game Thread procedure will be like last years, similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training.

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, titled “Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of week/date) game threads.” It will contain every post related to that particular game, including the First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread, as well as the recap when it’s published. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread in the box marked “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). The StoryStream for each game can also be found in that section.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at 90 minutes after the scheduled game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.