Chicago Cubs welcome in the Cardinals to begin final home stand
By David Miniel
Following a success road trip, the Chicago Cubs will return to Wrigley Field to continue their N.L. Central showdown by welcoming in the first-place St. Louis Cardinals.
Veteran right-hander Dan Haren will be picking up the start today for this surging Cubs (85-61) team who were able to leave Pittsburgh with three wins out of a four-game set.
Haren (9-9, 3.87 ERA) turned in his best performance as a member of the Cubs while visiting the Cardinals on Sept. 7th, but failed to reach the fourth inning in his previous outing against Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Philadelphia tagged him for four earned runs on seven hits while issuing three walks and recording six strikeouts prior to being replaced by Clayton Richard who picked up the loss.
This afternoon will be a rematch from the seventh as Lance Lynn gets the call for the visiting Redbirds. Lynn (11-10, 3.17 ERA) surrendered six earned runs on seven hits including a lead-off home run off the bat of Dexter Fowler.
Fowler helped lead the Cubs to a 9-0 victory over the Cardinals (92-54) while Addison Russell added a three-run shot of his own during a five-run third inning.
As we all know, the Cardinals have been dealing with several injuries that haven’t slowed them down. Guys such as Matt Adams, Adam Wainwright, and Matt Holliday are key names that were placed on their disabled list.
While Adams and Wainwright are out for the remainder of the season, Holliday was activated from the DL three days ago. There’s a chance he could see some action starting this weekend and the same could be said for Jorge Soler.
First pitch is slated for 1:20 p.m. central time and will air live on ABC 7, MLB Network, WBBM 780 A.M.
Here’s a look at today’s starting lineup’s: