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By Brian Stull of St. Louis Baseball Weekly

As the St. Louis Cardinals close out their series in Chicago this evening, they find themselves a game below .500 at 15-16 after winning just three of their last 10 games.

During this stretch, the team is averaging 3.3 runs per game–but that's deceiving as nearly half that total, 16, came in two games. In five of the last ten games, two runs or fewer have been scored.

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The Cardinals are actually getting runners on base–they rank 13th in at-bats with runners in scoring position. The issue is they have driven in only 82 runs (26th-ML) and are batting .223 in those situations.

Perhaps the bats will come alive as Lance Lynn takes the mound–the right-hander has the second most run support on the team (4.5 runs per game) trailing only Adam Wainwright (5.0 rpg).

Lynn is 2-2 in four career starts at Wrigley Field–he lost both games last year after going undefeated in 2012.

SPRINGFIELD STARTS

-Jaime Garcia will start, followed by Jason Motte as both Cardinal pitchers make their first rehab appearance with Springfield this afternoon. First pitch is set for 2:10pm.

Brian Stull will be contributing to KSDK Sports throught the 2014 MLB season. Brian is the St. Louis Cardinals lead writer at St. Louis Baseball Weekly and is the host of the St. Louis Baseball Weekly radio show on CBS Sports Radio 920.

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