ST. LOUIS (KSDK Sports) - TheSt. Louis Cardinals tweeted around 6 p.m. the game against the Chicago Cubs has been delayed.
The game was scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. They say the new start time is 8 p.m.
The St. Louis Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs for the first time at this season , and although these two clubs may be separated by 15 games in the standings Cardinal fans should not expect a cakewalk in this four game set.
This series will host a number of great starting pitching matchups pitting the National League's top starting staff against the Cubs' top four starters.
The opener will see Cardinals' stand out rookie Shelby Miller take the bump against Travis Wood, the former Red who is boasting a 2.65 ERA in 13 starts. Game two will be a battle of aces, Adam Wainwright, the National League's leader in wins, will face off against Jeff Samardzija, the National League's premier strikeout pitcher of 2013.
Games three and four may have a more offensive theme, as the Cardinals send Jake Westbrook and Lance Lynn, both looking to bounce back after rough starts, to square off against Edwin Jackson, posting a 5.40 ERA, and Scott Feldman, who has averaged 6 innings per start which could give way to the struggling cubs bullpen.
The Cubs, 28-39 on the season, come into the series tonight looking to move on after a heartbreaking loss to the New York Mets Sunday afternoon continuing the bullpen woes.
Fireballing former closer, and current late inning reliever, Carlos Marmol recorded just one out in the 9th inning while allowing two homeruns, four earned runs and picking up a loss and a blown save.
This bumped their bullpen ERA up to an alarming 4.28 for the season, 13th in the national league.
While the Cubs are coming off yet another disappointment, the Cardinals look to bounce back from one of their worst series of the season. Although they were within striking distance in two of the three games in Miami, the Cardinals dropped the series two games to one, marking their second road series loss, and the first since the opening week of the season.
This series has more importance than the standings may imply, as the Cincinnati Reds have been carried by their record against weaker teams in the division, allowing them to keep pace with the Redbirds.
The Reds are a combined 21-5 against the Cubs, Brewers and Marlins, the three worst teams in the National League, totaling half of their 42 wins. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are a combined 10-5 against those same three teams, meaning they will have an easier schedule for the rest of the season, but need to increase their proficiency against weaker foes.
The opener can be seen tonight on ESPN at 6:05 p.m., and the final three games will be on FSN Midwest at 7:15.