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Series Preview: Cardinals @ Cubs

The Cardinals follow up their wildly successful eight-game home stand against the Dodgers and Phillies with a trip to Chicago where the Cubs would like to play spoilers... And the Redbirds will feature the bottom of their rotation.

The Birds are 8-2 in their last 10 games and stand 12 games over .500 a game and a half ahead of the second place Reds. The Wee Bears are 5-5 in their last 10 games and are 11 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in third place.

Jeff Suppan (0-5, 6.05) and his 87 mile per hour fastball make a scary mix with Wrigley Field. He'll face Belleville native Randy Wells(4-7, 4.33) in the opener. Wells probably won't be too happy to see the Cardinals who greeted him rudely the last time the teams met up. He didn't make it through the first inning, which contributed heavily to Wells' 0-2 lifetime record against St. Louis with a 10.13 ERA. Wells has fared well lately with a 1-1 record and 1.16 ERA in his last three starts. Suppan had his best start of his second stint with the Cardinals his last time out, six innings pitched with five hits and one run allowed to the Dodgers. Suppan still hasn't won a game this season. But he has a respectable 4.20 ERA since he signed with St. Louis.

Blake Hawksworth (4-5, 4.85) will take on Tom Gorzellany(5-5, 3.12) in the middle game of the series. Hawksworth had strung together several solid stars before turning in a clunker his last time out. He's only faced the Cubs in relief in the past, putting together a 2.45 ERA. Gorzellany is 1-3 with a 3.82 ERA in his career against the Cardinals. Albert Pujols hits .353 while Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina hit .333 against Gorzelanny.

In the finale the Cardinals' rotation comes back around and Chris Carpenter (11-3, 3.05) takes on Ryan Dumpster... I mean Dempster (8-7, 3.70). Shaky before the All-Star break, Carp is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his last three starts. In his career, he's 10-3 with a 2.33 ERA against the Wee Bears. Dumpster is 5-6 with a 4.42 ERA in his career against St. Louis.