CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 9: Jake Westbrook #35 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cardinals Vs. Cubs: Cardinals Win Finale To Take Series

The St. Louis Cardinals cruised to a victory in the final game of their series against the Chicago Cubs

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St. Louis Weather Threatens Cardinals Vs. Cubs, World Series Ring Ceremony Saturday

Unfortunately for fans set to watch round two of this weekend's Cardinals vs. Cubs series—and really, anybody who has to deal with St. Louis weather—April is shaping up to be considerably less temperate than March. Saturday's weather is storms all the way down, with showers and thunderstorms set to pass through all day. KSDK reported Saturday morning that heavy rain will be expected all afternoon, with no respite until the evening. With so little room between these storms it's easy to see a rain delay—which seems extremely likely—turning rapidly into a postponement.

The Cardinals and Cubs are schedule to begin play at Busch Stadium at 12:05 PM, with the World Series rings being handed out a half an hour before gametime. None of this has been postponed yet, but it's looking like little more than a matter of time until the rain delay shuffle begins. I'm sure Fox Sports Midwest has already prepared The Best of Cardinals Kids' Club with Andy Benes and Fredbird and Baseball's Greatest Shortstops for the occasion.

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Cardinals Opening Day 2012: What Happened To Adam Wainwright?

It's a fact of our life, this year, unrelated to the fact that it happened on the St. Louis Cardinals' Opening Day at Busch Stadium—Adam Wainwright is just now recovering from an elbow surgery that cost him all of the 2011 season, and we're going to be terrified of every bad outing he has until he proves he's totally healthy. Bad outing number one: Unfortunately, the eight runs he gave up in the Cardinals vs. Cubs game on Friday.

If it's any consolation, his velocity looked—well, not quite as good, yet, as it did in 2009 and 2010, but mostly unchanged from where it was in 2007 and 2008, his first year's in the bullpen. His sinker sat around 90, his slider-slash-cutter sat at 86, and his curveball at 74. He gave up the first big home run on a 90 mph two-seamer to Ian Stewart, and the grand slam to Bryan LaHair on a 91 mph sinker in the third, which came after a few of them opened the frame down at 88.

It's hard to say he's all the way back from the evidence so far, but as poorly as he pitched Friday it didn't look like the ominous beginnings of a return to the disabled list so much as evidence that his arm strength is not yet all the way back. So for now, just keep worrying like usual, is what I'm saying.

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