Cubs vs Cardinals Series Preview: (9/4-9/7)

Aug 19, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Jason Kipnis (27) tags out St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) at second base during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

This is the biggest series of the season so far for the Cubs. Five-games with the second-place Cardinals at Wrigley this weekend. A winning series will put Chicago in excellent position to take the NL League Central.

With a doubleheader and pitching injuries piling up Adbert Alzolay will get a start and Colin Rea will open a bullpen game. The Cardinals are top heavy and that has led to an up and down season. Brad Miller and Kolten Wong did real damage last time these teams met.

I could say more, but I'm just eager to get to it. Let's go!!!

Watch/Listen

Friday: 7:15 PM CT on Marquee/670AM

Saturday: 4:15 PM CT on MLB Network/Marquee/670AM (Doubleheader)

Sunday: 7:08 PM CT on ESPN/670AM

Monday: 3:05 PM CT on ESPN/Marquee/670AM

Lineups

Cardinals

1. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
2. Tommy Edman (S) RF
4. Brad Miller (L) DH
5. Paul DeJong (R) SS
6. Yadier Molina (R) C
7. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
8. Tyler O'Neill (R) LF
9. Dylan Carlson (S) CF

 

 

Cubs

1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
9. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
Starting Pitcher Matchup
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Via mlb.com

Bullpen Usage

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  • I predict the Cardinals leaving Chicago on life-support....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I wish I can share your optimism on that. I've been watching a Cubs team that went 5-5 in their last 10 games against 3 teams under .500, and is 9-12 in their last 21 games. That's what they've done since the great 13-3 start. They are somewhere in between those two teams, but missing 2 members of our starting rotation, not having our bullpen at it's best (we really need good, if not great Kimbrel), and our inconsistent offense seem like a lot to overcome against a team who seems to show up more when they have a lot to prove.

    Also, here's a not-so-fun Javy fact for 2020...

    Home: 80PA, .137/.200/.219/.419 OPS, 28 SO (35% k-rate), 4BB
    Away: 69PA, .258/.275/.545/.821 OPS, 22 SO (32% k-rate), 2BB

    At Wrigley this year, he's basically a high strikeout singles hitter. Who's got place in the top half of a lineup fore a guy like that? I really think he needs to be moved way down in the lineup. He's hit 5 of his 6 HRs on the road.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Let’s face it, the big 5 other than Happ are doing nothing. They all deserve to be moved down in the order. The problem is there’s no space down there for 5 batters. KB belongs batting 10 or 11 . They don’t allow that.

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    Thank you Willson!! I thought we’d have a repeat of what wish almost all season long—leave the bases loaded without scoring. Then getting another RBI in the 3rd. We need more runs because I just don’t trust the Cardinals to remain scoreless, although the way Yu has pitched he’s getting them out, and then not throwing too many pitches either.

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    Will you beat the Cardinals? Will you.
    Will and Yu. There were so good tonight.

  • Great start to this series. For some reason I thought of Felzzy tonight and how I loved to read his imaginative insults hurled at Cards fans, impugning their intelligence, dietary choices and, of course, their hygiene. I really miss his Anarchist Brunch. I would’ve really appreciated his observations on a season like this. Let’s get the sweep!

  • Great win tonight. Willson looking like his mindset and approach has changed big time in tonight's game. We need more of that from everybody.

    What else can Yu say about Darvish besides, "Thank Yu, may we have another?"

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I'm impressed most by his improved receiving skills. Very important. Those play even if he is not hot at the plate.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I've had that same observation very early this season and am impressed that he's kept at it! Honestly, what you are saying about the defense playing while he's not doing well at the plate is exactly why I wasn't too upset about his slump. With his pitch framing, the big difference I can see is he's always setting up off the corners, so it's just naturally easier for his glove movement to glide towards the strike zone as he receives the ball. It really amazes me that it was that simple of an adjustment for him and it actually does make a difference in how the umpires call the close ones.

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Cubber, yes Yu may. Anytime!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    It's downright scary to think we only will get 4 more regular season starts from Yu at this point. We really need Hendricks to give us his best in these last weeks.

  • Cubs win (and StL loses)! MIL won, but COL and SFG lost (see Technical Note, below). ATL won Game 1, but lost Game 2 of their DH vs. WSH. Double Dips all around! The new Magic Numbers:

    Clinch a playoff berth: 18. Closest pursuer is now COL.
    Clinch the division: 22.
    Clinch the nr 2 seed: 23.

    Technical Note: I base the Magic Numbers on a 60-game season and the current playoff teams as based on winning percentage. With the latter criterion, both MIL and StL are in the playoffs, and COL is for now the 3rd WC, hence the closet pursuer. Both MIL and StL are one game under 0.500, and, while MIL has a slightly higher winning pct, I am still considering StL in 2nd place in the division for Countdown purposes, because of all their make-up games.

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    In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Thank you for all the computations. This has to be the most difficult year to figure out all the different magic numbers and especially with the missed games and whether they will be played, when to be played, etc. As of today, the Cubs have played 38, and the Cards only 29. I don't know how that's going to play out.
    Keep figuring Norge, you're doing a great job.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Vær så god, Jonathan!

    Spent some time this morning thinking about how to StL handle if and when they fall out of any day’s snapshot of the playoff picture as determined by winning percentage. I think I need to keep them in as a playoff team until the difference in number of games played becomes less or the bottom falls out. Lots of uncertainty, we’ll have to see how it plays out.

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