May 24: Cubs @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (24-21, -6.0 in NL Central), Cubs (29-14, +5.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 6:10 p.m. CT

TV/Radio: ESPN, KMOX 1120

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (3B), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Matt Holliday (LF), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Kolten Wong (2B), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Cubs lineup: Dexter Fowler (CF), Jason Heyward (RF), Kris Bryant (3B), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Ben Zobrist (2B), Jorge Soler (LF), Addison Russell (SS), David Ross (C), Jason Hammel (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading Material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ come-from-behind, 4-3 walk-off win over the Cubs on Monday (link)
  • With a defensive escape in the top of the ninth, the Cardinals set up Randal Grichuk’s heroics in the bottom half of the inning (link)
  • Cardinals’ pinch-hitters continue their roaring success, with Matt Adams the latest to homer off the bench (link)
  • Yadier Molina takes a tumble, calls himself safe in a moment of levity (link)
  • Scouting director Randy Flores explains why he nixed the pre-Draft workouts and how his days ahead of the Draft will be spent (link)
  • Cardinals prospect Sandy Alcantara strikes out 14 in a six-inning start for Class A Peoria on Monday (link)

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A turning point or a tease? Will see. We’re still way below .500 to both the Pirates and the Cubs for the 2016 season.

Well at least we still lead the league in errors.

A huge let down after yesterday’s great win. Clearly Wacha like Wainwright is not turning it around. Leake has improved but Garcia and Martinez are going in the opposite direction. And the fielding and other fundamentals are weaker than we have seen for some years. We will hover at. 500 all season.

Reyes may be called up sooner than later. Can’t hurt. But the Cards pinch hitters still lead league, I think…in HR’s?
I have a feeling that Jaime might be on a downward spiral. He gets pouty when he has problems pitching, and I think that affects him adversely going forward.
Local radio host says poor Wacha keeps saying the same thing, each post-game. “Gotta’ do better & keep the ball down in the zone, etc.” ~sigh~
Lyons is doing decent overall, but he tends to give up that one HR most outings.
And at least Grichuk hasn’t been wiffing too regularly.

Haley you keep mentioning Reyes being called up. Don’t get your hopes up too high.
1.) He hasn’t had a full spring and 2.) He won’t be using the juice.

Rosie & Oh might need to share closing duties, no?

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