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Game 119 Thread / Cubs @ Braves (1 of 3)

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SP Jason Marquis
SP
Charlie Morton

7-7, 4.73, 67 K, 47 BB, 123.2 IP

3-5, 5.70, 32 K, 22 BB, 53.2 IP
       
LF Alfonso Soriano
RF *Gregor Blanco
RF *Kosuke Fukudome
SS Yunel Escobar
1B
Derrek Lee 3B #Chipper Jones
3B
Aramis Ramirez C #Brian McCann
CF *Jim Edmonds 1B *Casey Kotchmann
2B Mark DeRosa LF Omar Infante
C Geovany Soto CF *Mark Kotsay
SS  Ryan Theriot 2B *Kelly Johnson
P
*Jason Marquis P Charlie Morton

 

UPDATED UPDATE: Marquis will start the first game in today's day/night doubleheader with our man Harden going in the nightcap. Otherwise the lineup remains unchanged from last evening.

UPDATE: Nevermind, the game has been called.

The Cubs try to stay North of the standings as they head South to play the Braves and Marlins on a six game road trip. Fresh off a 6-3 homestand, where they managed to lose a game and a half in the standings, the Cubs will look for their sixth straight road win tonight. 

Game 118 Thread / Cardinals @ Cubs (3 of 3)

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SP Chris Carpenter
SP Ryan Dempster
  0-0, 1.00, 4 K, 2 BB, 9 IP
  12-5, 2.93, 133 K, 59 BB, 150.2 IP
       
CF
*Skip Schumaker
LF
Alfonso Soriano
LF
Joe Mather
RF
*Kosuke Fukudome
1B
Albert Pujols
1B
Derrek Lee
RF
Ryan Ludwick
3B
Aramis Ramirez
3B Troy Glaus CF
*Jim Edmonds
C
Yadier Molina 2B
Mark DeRosa
2B
*Adam Kennedy C Geovany Soto
P
Chris Carpenter
SS
Ronny Cedeno
SS #Cesar Izturis P Ryan Dempster


Amazing game, this baseball.

Just two days ago, we were aglow over the possibility that this weekend set could end with the Cardinals nine games behind the Cubs and all but out of the NL Central race. Then on Saturday the league's highest-scoring road team bludgeoned the Cubs' nominal pitching ace and suddenly, St. Louis has a chance to win this series and close to within five games of first place with the Brewers once again also breathing down the Cubs' necks.

Game 116 Thread / Cardinals @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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SP Braden Looper
SP
*Ted Lilly

10-9, 4.29, 65 K, 32 BB, 134.1 IP


11-6. 4.35, 129 K, 50 BB, 140.2 IP
       
LF
#Vince Coleman
LF
Alfonso Soriano
CF
#Willie McGee SS
Ryan Theriot
2B
#Tommy Herr
1B
Derrek Lee
1B
Jack Clark
3B
Aramis Ramirez
RF *Andy Van Slyke RF
*Kosuke Fukudome
3B
#Terry Pendleton
C
Geovany Soto
C
Mike Heath
CF *Jim Edmonds
SS
#Ozzie Smith
2B
Mark DeRosa
P *John Tudor
P *Ted Lilly

UPDATE: Screw LaRussa, I have to get back to work. Let's see how he does with Mike Heath in the lineup from 1986.


(I'm posting this without a Cardinals batting order. Based on what Bernie Miklasz is reporting here, Tony LaRussa is waiting to see if Rick Ankiel and his strained abdominal muscle are ready to go before he posts the lineup.)

At around 8:45 this morning, I saw a middle-aged couple walking hand-in-hand in downtown Chicago, wearing matching St. Louis Cardinals t-shirts. This reminded me of two things: first, that the Cards were in town to play the Cubs, and second, that middle-aged couples should never wear matching t-shirts.

As for baseball, all of the analysis of the Cards' unexpected success this season has overlooked the obvious—Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan are witches.

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PITCHERS: 20
Adbert Alzolay
Javier Assad 
Ben Brown
Jeremiah Estrada
Kyle Hendricks
Codi Heuer 
* Brandon Hughes
Ryan Jensen
Caleb Kilian 
Mark Leiter Jr
Ethan Roberts 
Manuel Rodriguez
Michael Rucker
Adrian Sampson
* Justin Steele 
Marcus Stroman
Keegan Thompson
Erich Uelmen 
Hayden Wesneski
Rowan Wick

CATCHERS: 3 
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes
P. J. Higgins 

INFIELDERS: 8
Rylan Bannon 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Zach McKinstry
Christopher Morel
* Alfonso Rivas
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 6
Kevin Alcantara 
Alexander Canario
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki 
Nelson Velazquez

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