Series Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals (4/17-4/18, 7/21) — Game Times, Pitching Matchups, and More

The Cubs have another weather-shortened series ahead of them with St. Louis now starting on Tuesday with a game to follow on Wednesday, and then a pause to July 21st. For now, at least, you can still call it a series against the Cardinals for two-games now and one later in the season.

The Records

Cubs (7-7), Third in NL Central
Cardinals (9-7), Second in NL Central

The Game Times & Broadcast Info

4/17: Cubs vs. Cardinals 7:05 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
4/18: Cubs vs. Cardinals 1:20 PM CT on ABC 7, MLB Network (Out of Market), 670 The Score
7/21: Cubs vs. Cardinals 12:05 PM CT on WGN, ESPN (Out of Market), 670 The Score

The Pitching Matchups

4/17: Tyler Chatwood (CHC) vs. Adam Wainwright (STL)
4/18: Jon Lester (CHC) vs. Luke Weaver (STL)
7/21: TBD (CHC) vs. TBD (STL)

The Probable Lineups

Cubs

1: Ian Happ, CF
2: Kris Bryant, 3B
3: Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4: Willson Contreras, C
5: Kyle Schwarber, LF
6: Addison Russell, SS
7: Javy Baez, 2B
8: Jason Heyward, RF
9: Pitcher

Cardinals

1: Dexter Fowler, RF
2: Tommy Pham, CF
3: Matt Carpenter, 3B
4: Jose Martinez, 1B
5: Yadier Molina, C
6: Greg Garcia, SS
7: Harrison Bader, LF
8: Kolten Wong, 2B
9: Pitcher

The Players to Watch For

Dexter Fowler (STL): As long as he is in the ugly Cardinals red, we will always stick Dexter Fowler in the Players to Watch for Section, even if he’s not playing well. For this case, that does apply for Fowler who is having a down year with a .183 batting average in 15 games. Whether or not that has something to do with him playing left field rather than center, he has not played well. However, in two games against Cincinnati, Fowler recorded two multi-hit games. He has a habit of turning on against the Cubs just because of their past, and probably will for the series.

Anthony Rizzo (CHC) Yay, Anthony Rizzo is back and will play his first game at Wrigley Field this season! After missing the past 8 games, Rizzo will come back off the 10-day DL to play in this series against St. Louis. The time off will probably turn out to be a good thing for Rizzo, who was just batting .107 this season with his numbers hampered due to a lower-back issue. Expect Anthony Rizzo to be back at around 70-80 percent as he works to find his groove again. 

The Conclusion

After a wild start to the new baseball season, the Cubs will see their bitter rivals for the first time in 2018. Although there are just two games this month against St. Louis, it’s always a fun series to watch. There’s always more drive to win games being a classic rivalry for years now, with both sides going after each other. If the Cubs can continue their momentum they built up on Saturday in a fascinating win, they can win this series before Game Three in July. Cubs baseball is officially back now that they will have a St. Louis game under their belt!

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Lucas Babcock

Lucas Babcock is the Editor in Chief and Co-Founder of SportZreport.com. Babcock has been with the SportZreport.com Editorial Team since April 2015.

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