By Nora Farrell, The Cardinal Nation Show
The Cardinals are back for more. After sweeping the Cubs at home last weekend, the Cardinals will look for the same result this weekend at Wrigley Field. Beating the Cubs is always a good thing, to do so in dominating fashion is even better. In their three game set last weekend, the Cardinals outscored the Cubs by a combined score of 23 to 1.
In the National League Central race, the Cardinals currently find themselves five games out of the first place Cincinnati Reds, but only trail a wildcard spot by a game and a half. After going 6-and-1 on a home stand and winning seven of the last ten games, it would seem that the Cardinals would have been able to gain some ground. However, the Reds continue their hot streak and have won eight of their last ten.
It appears that the Cardinals are finally starting to put all the pieces here together. Freese (.314, 9th in NL), Holliday (.319, 7th in NL), and Molina (.303) are all hitting over .300. As a whole, the team is batting .277 which is tops in the Major League. From the mound, the Cardinal starters have gone 21 consecutive outings pitching six or more innings.
Lance Lynn will be on the mound for the Cardinals tonight going for his 13th win. On the season, Lynn is 3-and-0 with a 0.94 ERA against the Cubs including a 7-0 win last Sunday. On the mound for the Cubs will be Travis Wood. Wood is 4-and-5 on the year with a 4.33 ERA. In his last outing against the Cardinals, Wood gave up 6 earned runs over six innings including back-to-back homeruns.
On Saturday, the Cardinals will send one of the biggest surprises of the season, Joe Kelly (2.78 ERA), to the mound. Kelly has pitched six straight quality starts, but has gone 1-and-3 due to a lack of run support. Jeff Samardzija will be on the mound for the Cubs coming off his best outing of the season holding Pittsburgh to one hit in eight innings of work.
In the series finale, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (8-10, 4.31 ERA) will face off against Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.88 ERA).
Here is the schedule for this weekend:
Today 1:20pm CT
Tomorrow (Saturday) 12:05pm CT
Sunday 1:20pm CT
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