Series Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals

After being brutally swept by the Cardinals, the Cubs finished their road trip with a series win against MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs’ pitchers managed to keep McCutchen’s bat at bay, as he only got two hits in the series. After a break tonight, the Cubs will begin before the St. Louis Cardinals come to the Friendly Confines. Can the Cubs avoid being swept when in front of the hometown crowd? How long will Dempster stay on the Cubs? Tune in this weekend to find out.

Probable Starters

Game 1 (1:20 p.m. CT)

Travis Wood (4-5, 4.33 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (12-4, 3.10 ERA)

Game 2 (12:05 p.m CT)

Jeff Samardzija (7-8, 4.25 ERA) vs. Joe Kelly (1-3, 2.78 ERA)

Game 3 (1:20 p.m CT)

Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.88 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (8-10, 4.31 ERA)

Series Studs

CHC: Alfonso Soriano (4-8, HR, 4 RBI)

  • Once again, the most productive bat for the Cubs in this series was Soriano’s. In the two games that he played, he went 2-4 with two RBI. With all the hoopla surrounding Dempster and where he will end up, not much attention is being paid to Soriano. He has potential to be a middle-of-the-order guy for a playoff contender that needing some more power in the lineup.

STL (in progress): Adam Wainwright (7.1 IP, 2 ER, 7 SO)

Series Duds

CHC: Bryan LaHair (0-8, 3 SO)

  • LaHair just can’t get back into All-Star form. In his last ten games, he’s only batting .188 with 1 RBI and 11 strikeouts. He doesn’t have a lot of trade value, since most team’s want more than just one good month out of a player, and with Brett Jackson batting .256 at Triple A Iowa, it would appear that LaHair’s job as a backup for Rizzo/rotating outfielder is safe, for now.

STL (in progress): Skip Schumaker (0-6, 1 SO)

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  • Lou

    Yes, when you see LaHair walk up to the plate, he looks depressed and sad. He needs to change his mental attitude before he even gets to the ball park to play baseball. Come on Bryan, we are all pulling for ya pal. You can do it. You have done it once, you can do it again. !!!!!!