Cubs @ Cardinals: Lackey vs Wacha (Game 158)

CHC (88-69): RHPJohn Lackey (11-11, 4.67)
STL (82-75): RHP Michael Wacha (12-8, 4.00)  
First pitch: 6:00pmCST

Oh, good—another game on ESPN.* 

Lackey gave up 3 ER in 4 innings in Milwaukee on Friday and managed to avoid looking like a lunatic. In three starts against the Cards this season, he’s 1-0 with a 3.57. Overall, they are 27-122 (.221). Diaz is 6-15, and Pham is 1-1 (a HR). 

Wacha had a no-decision his last time out (5 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB). He’s 0-2 with a 7.88 in three 2017 starts against the Cubs. Nice. Rizzo is 17-36 with 3 HR (.472)—and should bat as often as he likes.

Hendricks (7-5) and Lynn (11-8) close out the season series tomorrow at 6:00pmCST.

Go Cubs! 

*What no one has said, ever.


This may very well be the last start of Lackey's career -- make it a good one, Big John!

speaking of, matt cain is retiring after his last start this weekend. 32 and retired...must be nice.

His career really fell off a cliff after 2012. Looks like he spent a lot of time on the DL after 2013.

it happens. im still weirded out how quickly j.santana went from 1st ballot sure-thing HOF career to done at 33. hell, santana still might make the HOF, but it's not as clear cut as it once was shaping up to be.

Job done, Big John. Helluva game!

No panicking if they lose tonight please.

Too late -- I am pre-panicking.

There's medication you can take for that. Usually doses of 1 1/2 oz or 12 oz, depending on strength. Available over the counter.

Starting the first dosage now.

Hahahaha hahahaha. I love you guys! (In a manly way, of course) Hahahahaha. LMAO

I won't panic, I will stay completely logical. Thursday I will go to local sports bars where I was at when Cubs clinched a World Series birth and where I watched most of Game 7 (left during rain delay, celebrated at home, not sure they wanted me at the bar any longer). I will drink the same adult beverage(s) and sit in the same seat. I will order the same slice of pizza from the same place next door. I don't panic, I turn to rational facts and truths. Pure effin' science.

"It's only crazy if it doesn't work."

Yup. Time to get some Old Style and a supply of Ron Santo Pizza.

j.wilson has a "sore neck" and w.contreras is sitting because of his banged up knee. almora is supposedly okay.

rizzo HBP in the 1st. so...lackey getting ejected in the 1st inning or the 2nd?

Yeah, this game just got even more interesting....  I think Lackey waits until he knows he's on his last inning, anyway.  Please, be smart enough for that, Lackey...


That good ol' three-run home run!

Justin Wilson not available tonight.

Man the Cubs have owned Wacha Wacha

Sandbagging through 6. Had me fooled.

The champagne is on ice in the Parachat....   consider joining.....

Dexter you can have the money. We got the Division.

Oh Yeah!!!!!!!!!! WWWWWWWWWWWW!!! Really great job to make it through Cubs!


all these cubs fans celebrating in this park. heh.

Go Cubs Go!!!!

Dexter you can have the money. We got the Division.

Now, about those 3 rockets Davis gave up in the 9th.....naahhhh, time to celebrate!

Great to be going into the playoffs with Dusty as the manager . . . of the other team!

This.  I watched a decent number of Nats games this year.  Dusty is everything you remember, except another 14 years more set in his ways...

Is it nice to have Addison Russell back? Yes. Yes it is. He opened the floodgates Monday and won today's game. He may never hit for a high average, but there's thunder in that bat.

Addison’s swing has looked very short to the ball lately. He’s hitting the ball where it’s pitched. Game one in STL with the bases clearing triple to RF, and then pulling the HR down the LF field line tonight. Hope his approach just stays like that the rest of the way.

Meaning, until free agency.

MIL lost and e.thames had to leave in the 8th after fouling one off his foot. 3 games back on the wildcard. looks like their hell of a season is coming up short.

A lot of young talent, but they have gone 33-34 since the AS break. It will be interesting to see how they handle expectations next year-- and if Thames, who caught the league by surprise but has cooled off considerably (OPS: .936 pre-break, .786 post break, HR:23 pre-break, 8 post-break) can adjust.

The nail is now the hammer.

So happy the Cubs are back in the playoffs after that first-half (relative) suckitude! We are pretty lucky to be able to watch this team.

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  • Hagsag 13 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 25 min ago (view)

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    spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

    first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

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  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 


  • Mike Wellman 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.


  • Sonicwind75 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

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  • Cubster 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!


  • Mornington Crescent 5 days 17 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 6 days 9 hours ago (view)

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  • Hagsag 6 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Yes they did.


  • crunch 6 days 12 hours ago (view)

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  • Mike Wellman 6 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Hagsag, the River Bandits made the cut tho, right?


  • Craig A. 6 days 14 hours ago (view)

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  • Hagsag 6 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Living in the Quad Cities area, I look forward to hopefully coming to Des Moines to see the I Cubs a few times this summer.