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The Cubs lost two of three out in San Francisco against the Giants over the weekend, and the Diamondbacks took two of three games from the Cardinals in St. Louis. This week, the Cubs and Cardinals will meet at Busch Stadium for three games with seven games separating the two clubs in the National League Central division.
Coming off of what was by far his best start of the season, Adam Wainwright will start for the Cardinals in the first game of the series. Wainwright pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his last start against the Rockies. Wainwright held the Rockies to six hits and walked one while striking out five. Wainwright’s mound opponent will be John Lackey of the Cubs. Lackey has performed very well for Chicago over the last two weeks, allowing just four earned runs over his last three starts, which have equaled 21 innings. Inn those starts, Lackey has whiffed 23 batters.
The Cardinals will hand the ball to Michael Wacha in the second game of the series. Wacha surrendered six earned runs through four innings in his last start against the Rockies. Wacha has had notable struggles with walks this season, managing a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 22:9. The Cubs will go with Jason Hammel, an outlier of the Cubs’ loaded rotation and one of the most underrated starters in the sport thus far. In eight starts, Hammel is 5-1 with an earned run average of 2.31 and 43 strikeouts in just under 47 innings of work.
In the series finale, St. Louis will turn to Carlos Martinez. Martinez’s last start came against the Diamondbacks, and he surrendered four earned runs through five innings of work. The Cubs will counter with Jake Arrieta. Arrieta’s most recent start was in San Francisco against the Giants. Jake held the Giants to one run on four hits through his seven-inning outing, lowering his earned run average to 1.29 — the best ERA in the majors by almost three-tenths of a run.
CHC: Kris Bryant, third baseman. Bryant has five RBIs and four hits in his last fifteen at-bats, including two home runs.
STL: Matt Adams, first baseman. Over his last seven games, Adams is batting .320 with a homer and nine runs batted in.