Jaime Garcia (10-12, 4.58 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (75-68) meet Jason Hammel (14-8, 3.50 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (92-51) in the second of a three-game division series at Busch Stadium. The Cubs won the last game 4-1, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 13 and will air on WLS and FSMW.
In his last start, Garcia pitched 3.2 innings, giving up five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 12-5 loss to the Brewers. The Cubs were also unsuccessful the last time Hammel pitched. He struggled, going 5.2 innings, allowing nine runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 12-5 loss to the Brewers. Kris Bryant (.298, 113 Rs, 37 HRs, 94 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Cubs hold a 39-18 record in matchups against NL Central Division rivals, while the Cardinals currently sit at 35-29 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 37-3 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Cubs have a slight leg up on the Cardinals, as the Cubs have won their last two games while the Cardinals have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 77-15. The Cardinals have a 52-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 698 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at third with 713.
St. Louis and Chicago both rank in the top five of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. St. Louis sits at fourth with an OPS of .773, and Chicago ranks fifth with an OPS of .769.
The Cubs are 48-41 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 41-45 when they allow at least one homer.