Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 04/14/12

Game Nine: Cubs (3-5) vs. Cardinals (5-3)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184/901
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Chris Volstad (0-0, 5.40/1.40) vs. Lance Lynn (1-0, 1.35/0.45)

Updated 1:29pm CDT – First pitch of Cubs-Cardinals scheduled for 2:00pm CDT

Updated 12:00pm CDT – Tarp was rolled out onto the field at Busch Stadium just after ring ceremony. The game has been put into a rain delay due to a storm that is approaching the area. There has not been given an estimated time for first pitch.

Weather permitting … The Cubs will try to make it three in a row this afternoon behind Chris Volstad. The Cubs came out swinging on Friday afternoon and in their last two games Dale Sveum’s much maligned offense has scored 17 runs.

The Cubs will have to sit through another pre-game ceremony today. The Cardinals, including Dave McKay, receive their World Series rings prior to first pitch. Dale Sveum plans to make his team watch. Sveum thinks it is not only respectful but it is a special ceremony that he wants his team to see.

Today all begins with Chris Volstad

Chris Volstad is coming of a mediocre outing in his first start of the season. Volstad wasn’t bad and wasn’t good either but he kept the Brewers from putting the game away early and actually left after five with the game tied at three. The Cubs’ pen struggled after he departed and dropped the first game of the series to Milwaukee. Volstad allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Volstad has had mixed results against the Cardinals in his career. One of Volstad’s two career complete game shutouts came at the Redbirds expense. In four starts, Volstad is 2-1 with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Volstad has made just one start at Busch Stadium and he did not fare too well … five runs on seven hits with two walks and no strikeouts in five innings, Volstad received a no decision.

Chris Volstad must keep the ball down or the Cardinals will have a field day.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Chris Volstad

  • Carlos Beltran – 3-for-6 with two walks
  • Lance Berkman – 3-for-9 with a double and a home run
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-3
  • Rafael Furcal – 4-for-10 with a double and a walk
  • Tyler Greene – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Matt Holliday – 6-for-11 with two doubles
  • Jon Jay – 0-for-4
  • Yadier Molina – 4-for-11 with a double

The Cubs will get their first look at Lance Lynn the starter this afternoon. Lynn replaced the injured Chris Carpenter in the Cardinals rotation. Lynn garnered a lot of attention late last year and in the post-season with his stellar work out of the pen. Lynn was 1-1 in 18 games, two starts, last season with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP … as a reliever, no record with a save and a blown save in 10 games with a 2.03 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.

The 6-foot-5, 250 pound right hander is coming off a dominating performance against the Brewers. In his first start, third in the big leagues, Lynn held the Brewer to one run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Lance Lynn makes his first start against the Cubs this afternoon and only second appearance. Lynn shutdown Quade’s Cubs for two innings on July 30, struck out two and did not allow a hit or a walk.

Four current Cubs have faced Lance Lynn at the big league level. Jeff Baker, Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto are each 0-for-1 against Lynn.

Hopefully the Cubs have done their homework … matchups like this have typically equaled a loss in recent years.

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