Game 29 Thread / Cubs @ Cardinals (1 of 3)
|SP||*Rich Hill||SP||Adam Wainwright|
|1-0, 3.79, 14 K, 14 BB||3-1, 2.79, 28 K, 9 BB|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||LF||Brian Barton|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||CF||*Rick Ankiel|
|1B||Derrek Lee||1B||Albert Pujols|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||3B||Trou Glaus|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||RF||Ryan Ludwick|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||C||Yadier Molina|
|C||Geovany Soto||SS||#Cesar Izturis|
|CF||*Felix Pie||C||Adam Wainwright|
|P||*Rich Hill||2B||Brendan Ryan|
First place is on the line this weekend in St. Louis, as the rivals battle each other for the first time this year. The Cards expected to struggle, particularly early on in the season while their pitching staff got healthy, are on top of the division. Mostly thanks to a patient offense (lead the NL in walks) and a surprising pitching staff, particularly from Todd Wellemeyer and Kyle Lohse.
The Cardinals patience might be the worst thing going for tonight's Cubs starter Rich Hill, who hasn't seen the mound for over a week and has been struggling with his control since spring training. We'll soon learn how much the layoff affected him.
For the Cards, it's their new ace Adam Wainwright, whom the Cubs have battered for a 7.50 career ERA against. Theriot, Soriano and Ramirez all have at least 10 PA's against him and an OPS over 1000.