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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Joe Mather Comes Through, Cubs Stun Cards

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 23:   Alfonso Soriano #12 and Tony Campana #1 of the Chicago Cubs run out onto the field to celebrate with teammate Joe Mather #16 after he hit a game-winning RBI single scoring Geovany Soto #18 and Bryan LaHair #6 during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on April 23, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Cardinals 3-2.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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Ryan NeimanContributor IIIApril 24, 2012

Joe Mather was mobbed in the middle of the diamond after his game-winning two-run single off of St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte to start the three-game series.

The Cubs' bats were silent all night, but Mather turned out to be the hero as he propelled Chicago to a victory.

Here is what we learned and the questions we have after today's game.

 

Will Dale Sveum stick with one lineup? 

If you were to guess who Cubs coach Dale Sveum would place in his lineup everyday, your guess is as good as mine. Sveum hasn't stuck with one lineup this entire season as he continued to jumble it around again tonight.

For the last couple of seasons, Cubs fans have complained about the manager trying to do too much with their batting lineup by tinkering with it everyday and hoping he would just leave it alone. Do not expect Sveum to change, either, as he is currently trying to find the right formula to make this offense click. At least we are not hearing questions in regards to who will be batting leadoff.

 

Joe Mather gets his revenge 

I never really understood why some have coined the term of "gets his revenge" when a current player faces his old team and defeats them, even if he had a brief time spent on that team. Either way, it is a headline that grabs attention and Mather gets his payback on his former team that shipped him off.

 

Alfonso Soriano is in a slump 

Soriano began to season on a tear, but he is currently is in a 1-for-20 slump with a even .200 batting average. We are still awaiting for Soriano to knock out his first home run.

 

Cubs need Tony Campana 

Campana is not a great offensive threat, but he is just right amount of spark this team desperately needs to wake up from their current despair. His hard-nosed playing style has earned the respect of the fans and, most importantly, his teammates. 

 

When will Steve Clevenger start? 

Sveum can not be completely blind with how poorly Soto has been playing as he had an 0-for-3 night. 

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