Kyle Hendricks (14-7, 2.07 ERA) gets the start for the Chicago Cubs (91-51) as they meet Mike Leake (9-9, 4.61 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (75-67) in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 12 and will air on CSCh and FSMW.
In his most recent outing, Leake pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Pirates. Matt Carpenter (.280, 75 Rs, 19 HRs, 61 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Cubs were victorious over the Brewers 7-2 the last time Hendricks pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out six and walking two. Kris Bryant (.299, 113 Rs, 37 HRs, 94 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
The Cubs hold a 38-18 record in matchups against NL Central Division rivals, while the Cardinals currently sit at 35-28 in these games.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Cardinals are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Cubs have a 36-3 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 16-58. The Cubs have a 9-31 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks in the top half of the league at 14th when it comes to home runs, hitting 174 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 204.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 573 this season. St. Louis ranks eighth with 471 walks.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 62-44. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 66-26 record.