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Start of Saturday’s Cubs-Cardinals game delayed due to weather

12 months agoAndy Martinez

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals have had a tough time cooling off the red-hot Cubs.

Mother nature, though, didn’t have that problem.

The start of Saturday night’s contest between the Cubs and Cardinals was delayed due to rain in the forecast. The start time is still to be determined. Rain is in the forecast until 8 p.m., nearly two hours after the scheduled first pitch time.

The Cubs are looking to extend their season-high 7-game winning streak in St. Louis. They are 9-1 in their last 10 games and have moved to a game ahead of .500 for the first time since May. The Cubs are 3.5 games back of the final Wild Card spot and 4.5 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central with the trade deadline just 3 days away.

Mike Tauchman preserved the Cubs’ winning streak with one of the plays of the year, robbing a would-be, walk-off home run from Alec Burleson to seal the Cubs’ 3-2 win on Friday night.

Prior to the game, the team activated Nick Madrigal from the 10-day IL and optioned Miles Mastrobuoni to Triple-A.

Jameson Taillon will toe the rubber for the Cubs. He’s been stellar in his last three outings, allowing just 4 earned runs in 19.1 innings (1.86 ERA) and holding batters to a .211 batting average in that span. He’s looked more like the pitcher the Cubs hoped they were getting when they signed him to a 4-year deal in the offseason.

The Cardinals will counter with veteran Adam Wainwright. Wainwright is making his second start since being activated off the IL. The Cubs faced the righty in London last month, collecting 7 runs on 11 hits in 3 innings, including 2 home runs from Ian Happ in the 9-1 win.

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