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.
Bring on the Cardinals. The Red Birds and their fans descend on Wrigley Field tonight for a quick two game series against the Cubs. The Cubs haven’t seen the Cardinals all year, but they know what to expect. The Cardinals are scoring runs, as they usually do, they have scored 150 runs so far this year which is good for seventh in all of baseball. The Cubs on the other hand have scored just 122 runs and sit twenty-second in the majors, but they are steadily improving. The Cubs typically have the pitching advantage as they have started out so well this year, well that’s not the case in this series. The Cardinals pitching is a big reason why they have the second most wins in the Majors (20-11), they have a team ERA of 3.09 which is tops in all of baseball. The Cubs are no slouch when it comes to team ERA as they sit at 3.82, good for eleventh in the Majors. It should be a good series featuring some good pitching. The team that makes the fewest mistakes will have the most success, that usually holds true throughout baseball, but it’s even more clear in this series. Coming into this one the Cubs have committed a league worst twenty-seven errors, the Cardinals have only committed thirteen, fifth fewest in the Majors. Pitch, hit, field…. win.
The Cubs lost two out of three to the Reds at home, and beat the Rangers yesterday in a make up game.
The Cardinals swept the Brewers in Milwaukee, it was a three game sweep, and the Cardinals have won six straight.
Game Times and Broadcast Information:
- Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – 7:05 PM CST on WGN TV
- Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 1:20 PM CST on CSN Chicago
Starting Pitchers Scheduled:
Game One – Travis Wood (2-2, 2.50)
– Career vs. Cardinals (6 GS) (2-2, 5.36)
Game Two – Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 2.85)
– Career vs. Cardinals (25 appearances, 7 GS) (5-3, 3.10)
Game One – Lance Lynn (5-0, 2.75)
– Career vs. Cubs (5 appearances, 4 GS) (4-0, 2.73)
Game Two – Jake Westbrook (2-1, 1.07)
– Career vs. Cubs (8 GS) (5-2, 4.14)
The Cardinals are playing their best baseball of the year, winning six straight heading into tonight. The Cubs have shown flashes of brilliance yet still find ways to lose games because of themselves. The result, I think the Cubs split with the Cardinals in this brief series.
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The Cubs try to keep it rolling in St. Louis this weekend amid reports that Ryan Dempster is on the verge of being traded. Because of the trade being imminent, at least per reports, Ryan Dempster has been pulled from his start tomorrow. From the sound of it Casey Coleman will take Dempster’s start tomorrow as he was scratched from his Iowa Cubs start tonight. The report of Dempster being pulled is coming from MLB Network, but has not been confirmed by any of the local media or the Cubs themselves at the time of this preview. So, aside from all of that, the Cubs continue to be the hottest team in baseball since late June. They come into this series with the Cardinals on the heels of a 5-1 home stand, and a series win over the Marlins. Conversely the Cardinals come into this series limping as they are 4-6 in their last 10 games and have fallen into third place in the Central division, five full games out of first. The Cardinals have led the NL in runs scored for quite some time, but they are struggling as of late, only scoring 51 runs in July (14 games), which is good for 12th in the NL over that time. By comparison the Cubs have scored 63 runs in July, good for 6th in the NL. The only reason the Cardinals have kept their head above water this month has been their pitching, they boast a staff ERA of 2.65 in July, the best in the National League. The Cubs have been really good as well with a 3.19 ERA in July, good for 4th in the National League. Full preview/breakdown after the jump.
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 continue their pursuit of their first series win of 2012 as they welcome the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals to town. The Cubs didn’t fare to well in St. Louis earlier this year losing 2 out of 3 to the Cards after a rather promising start to that series. Look for the Cubs to try to find some stability with their lineup now that Byrd has been shipped out-of-town. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Steve Clevenger steal some starts away from Geovany Soto, he has earned it, and Sveum might as well ride the hot hand. Full preview after the jump, Go Cubs!