The Cubs seem to be on the verge of a free fall. After a 3-6 home stand against three sub-.500 teams, the Cubs dropped game one of their 10 game trip Friday evening in St. Louis in a game which was never close. Injuries to most of the outfield and starting pitching staff have really started to take there toll on the 2011 squad. If the Cubs have any aspirations of becoming competitive again, there's no better time to start then on Saturday against the first place Cardinals.
Starting game two of the series for the Cubs (23-32) will be Randy Wells. Wells will be making his second start since returning from the disabled list. The right hander is 1-1 on the season with a 5.40 ERA. The good news for Wells and the Cubs is that in his last two starts against the Cardinals he is 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA.
The Cardinals (34-25) will counter with verteran Kyle Lohse. Lohse has been fantastic this season. He comes in to Saturday's matinee with a 7-2 record and an ERA of 2.13. Lohse has struggled against the Cubs in his career. In his last seven outings against Chicago he 0-3 with an 8.07 ERA.
The weather forecast at the time of first pitch in St Louis is sunny skies with temps in the mid 90's. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:10 CST. The game can be seen on Fox.