Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Carlos Martinez (14-7, 3.05 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (76-68) go up against Jon Lester (16-4, 2.51 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (92-52) in the last of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 4-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 1:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 14 and will air on WLS and FSMW.
In his last start, Martinez pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking one in a 4-3 victory over the Brewers. Brandon Moss (.243, 60 Rs, 26 HRs, 63 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Cubs were also victorious the last time Lester pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out seven in a 2-0 victory over the Astros. Kris Bryant (.297, 113 Rs, 37 HRs, 94 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
The Cubs hold a 39-19 record in matchups against NL Central Division rivals, while the Cardinals currently sit at 36-29 in these games.
The Cardinals managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cubs who are coming in with a 6-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 16-59. The Cubs have a 9-32 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks in the top half of the league at 14th when it comes to home runs, hitting 177 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 207.
Chicago tops the league in walks with 584 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 477.
The Cardinals are 63-45 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 67-27 when they hit at least one homer.