Sept 11, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Germano (41) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Chicago Cubs Vs St Louis Cardinals: Pre-Game Notes, Starting Lineup, and TV Info


The Chicago Cubs are not the only Chicago team playing a team from St Louis on Sunday. The Bears take to soldier field to play the St Louis Rams. But in order to keep your eyes on the Cubs game, the Cubs have scheduled a Kerry Wood appreciation day today at Wrigley Field. This is one of the first times that I can remember that a team is throwing an appreciation celebration during a season in which said player retired. I’m all for appreciation days and honoring players of the past, but lets at least wait a season or two before we honor Wood. Who knows, next, the Cubs may opt to retire the number 34 next season.

On to another Wood, Travis Wood that is. Wood was the starting pitcher for the Cubs on Saturday and lasted 5 innings while allowing 6 hits on 3 runs while striking out 7 Cardinals. Wood did not play a factor in the decision, as reliever Jaye Chapman allowed the go ahead and consequential winning run for the Cardinals in their 5 to 4 victory over the Cubs on Saturday.

Justin Germano takes to the mound for the Cubs on Sunday as the Cubs look to take the weekend series against the Cardinals.

Broadcast Information

  • Television: WGN
  • Radio: WGN Radio 720 AM
  • Game Time: 1:20 PM

Starting Lineup

  1. David DeJesus, Center Field
  2. Darwin Barney, Second Base
  3. Anthony Rizzo, First Base
  4. Alfonso Soriano, Left Field
  5. Starlin Castro, Shortstop
  6. Welington Castillo, Catcher
  7. Dave Sappelt, Right Field
  8. Joe Mather, Third Base
  9. Justin Germano, Starting Pitcher

Pre-Game Notes

  • If you needed further evidence that Cubs manager Dale Sveum has given up on third base prospect Josh Vitters this season look no further than the fact that Mather is starting at third base. Luis Valbuena is day to day with an injury, and rather than giving Vitters some playing time before the season concludes, Sveum opted to go with Mather. Vitters started at third base for the Cubs on Saturday and made a couple gaffes in the field while looking overwhelmed offensively.

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