Despite losing Adam Wainwright for the season, the Cardinals are off to their best start in basically forever. They are 18-6 on the season, and sit at the top of the NL Central with a 4.5 game lead on the second place Cubs. The Cardinals have won six straight games, and are 11-2 at home, which means they are bound to lose some games! The Cubs come into this series limping on the offensive side of things, not a whole lot is going right at the plate. Despite recent struggles, the Cubs are off to a pretty solid start of their own, and this series is probably the first “big” one of the year as the Cubs would love to split, and hold steady in second place.
- Monday, May 4, 2015 – 7:10 PM CST – CSN Chicago / ESPN
- Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – 7:15 PM CST – WGN TV / MLB Network
- Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 7:15 PM CST – CSN Chicago
- Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 12:45 PM CST – CSN Chicago
- Game One: Travis Wood (2-1, 3.04) vs. Carlos Martinez (3-0, 1.73)
- Game Two: Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 5.23) vs. Tyler Lyons (0-0, -.–)
- Game Three: Jon Lester (1-2, 4.71) vs. Lance Lynn (1-2, 3.07)
- Game Four: Jake Arrieta (3-2, 2.84) vs. John Lackey (1-1, 3.69)
Who is Hot:
- Cardinals: Of course Matt Carpenter is taking it to another level this year, he’s been fantastic. Over his last seven games he’s hitting .360 (9-for-25) with four doubles, a triple, a dinger, five RBI’s, and five walks. Go away.
- Cubs: After a slow start to the year, Miguel Montero is turning it on. Miggy is hitting .467 (7-for-15) over his last four starts with an RBI, and a walk. Would like to see some extra base hits, but he’s squaring it up.
Who is Not:
- Cardinals: Well, it’s only a matter of time before Yadier Molina starts coming up with big hits, it’s usually against the Cubs. Hopefully that doesn’t happen, the aging backstop is struggling, he’s hitting .111 (3-for-27) in his last seven with only two strikeouts, the BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is getting him.
- Cubs: It was probably a matter of time before Kris Bryant cooled down, he wasn’t going to hit .400 this year contrary to many reports from fans. Bryant is hitting .190 (4-for-21) over his last six with four walks, and ten strikeouts.
** Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL **
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 7:05 PM CST
(TV: CSN) (RADIO: WGN 720)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 7:05 PM CST
(TV: WGN) (RADIO: WGN 720)
Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 1:20 PM CST
(TV: WGN, MLBN) (RADIO: WGN 720)
** SERIES VITALS **
** PITCHING MATCHUPS **
Morton (Career vs. Cubs) (2 – 4; 4.36 ERA, 10 appearance, 10 starts)
Jackson (Career vs. Pirates) (3 – 3; 5.36 ERA, 8 appearances, 8 starts)
Rodriguez (Career vs. Cubs) (9 – 8; 3.63 ERA, 25 appearances, 25 starts)
Hammel (Career vs. Pirates) (3 – 1; 3.62 ERA, 5 appearances, 4 starts)
Cole (Career vs. Cubs) (2 – 0; 2.08 ERA, 2 appearances, 2 starts)
Wood (Career vs. Pirates) (4 – 5; 3.35 ERA, 10 appearances, 9 starts)
Nothing says fun like a two game series, it’s rare, but they Cubs have two of them this week, the first being in St. Louis against the Cardinals. This is the third time already that these two teams have faced each other. The Cubs have played the Cardinals tough so far, splitting the six games they have played. The Cubs lost two out of three in St. Louis and took two out of three from St. Louis in Chicago. The Cardinals are licking their wounds after being swept over the weekend by the red-hot Braves. While the Cubs come in after avoiding the sweep in Milwaukee yesterday afternoon. If the Cubs are going to have success in this series they are going to need a solid effort from their starters. The Cubs pen looks tired, and Sveum is having to go to guys that no one in the Northern hemisphere trusts late in games. If the Cubs can get deep outings they should be in a great spot to get a split or even sweep the short two game set. Full preview/breakdown after the jump.
The Cubs are reeling, coming off a 2-5 home stand and a series loss to the Cardinals, the Cubs visit the Circus down in Miami to start the week. I’m sure there will be a line outside the home clubhouse consisting of Cubs players to say hello to their former teammate Carlos Zambrano….. oh right, probably not. This series marks the first time that Cubs will face off against the disgruntled right hander was traded away in the off-season. Unfortunately for all parties involved, Carlos is not scheduled to start at all in the series. The other side-show that is taking place is the Ozzie Guillen loving Fidel Castro saga. Ozzie is expected to return from his own team’s imposed suspension during the series which I’m sure won’t generate any media attention. Here’s hoping the Cubs can keep their focus on the field where it belongs and can come away with their first series win of 2012.
Full series breakdown/preview after the jump.
The Cubs begin divisional play tonight as they welcome they neighbors to the North the Milwaukee Brewers. This will be Ryan Braun’s first visit to Wrigley Field after news of his positive steroid test became public, I’m sure the Wrigley faithful will remind him of that. It also marks the return of Aramis Ramirez, not sure what to expect from him, there will either be a lot of Roger Dorn attempts in the field and ground balls that aren’t run out, or we will see Aramis circa 2003 as he will be motivated to prove to the Cubs that he isn’t done yet.