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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - Game 139 open thread - September 9, 2015

Carlos Martinez vs. Jon Lester

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The first-place St. Louis Cardinals (87-51) host the third-place Chicago Cubs (80-57) this afternoon. Losers of four out of their last five games, the Cardinals own a 4.5-game lead over the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates and 6.5-game lead over the Cubs entering play. St. Louis looks to avoid a sweep.