It's Cardinals vs. Cubs in first of four games, weather permitting

News-DemocratJune 17, 2013 

— Whether there would be baseball at Busch Stadium was the great unknown Monday afternoon.

Rain pelted downtown St. Louis, postponing all on-the-field pregame activities before the St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled to begin a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

"It was beautiful when I got here, but the skies opened up," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We're in a hold-and-wait situation. I don't even begin to try and predict it. We'll just wait and see what we hear."

The Cardinals are coming off a series loss to the lowly Miami Marlins, dropping the finale 7-2 on Sunday.

The Cubs, meanwhile, also lost 4-3 to the New York Mets as Carlos Marmol failed to protect a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning.

Does the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry still exist? The Cubs have been futile the last four seasons while the Cardinals have turned their attention to the Cincinnati Reds --and now Pittsburgh.

"I think everybody has their own memories and their own rivalries," Matheny said. "I think every team in the Central (Division) is a rival for us. We've certainly had plenty of tough games with (the Cubs), and I don't imagine these are going to be any different.

"It's always nice when you've got Cubs fans making their way down here --just like Cardinals fans make their way up there --to add to the excitement. But we're anxious to get back and play in front of our home fans."

Here are the lineups:

CARDINALS (44-25)

Matt Carpenter, 2B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Matt Holliday, LF

Allen Craig, 1B

Yadier Molina, C

David Freese, 3B

Jon Jay, CF

Pete Kozma, SS

Shelby Miller, P

CUBS (28-39)

Luis Valbuena, 3B

Starlin Castro, SS

Nate Schierholtz, RF

Alfonso Soriano, LF

Anthony Rizzo, 1B

Ryan Sweeney, CF

Welington Castillo, C

Darwin Barney, 2B

Travis Wood, P

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