Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.56 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (24-22) meet Jake Arrieta (8-0, 1.29 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (30-14) in the last of a three-game division series at Busch Stadium. The Cubs won the last game 12-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 1:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 25 and will air on WLS and FSMW.
In his most recent outing, Martinez pitched 5.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out three and walking three in an 11-7 loss to the Diamondbacks. The Cubs were victorious the last time Arrieta pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking two in an 8-1 victory over the Giants. Dexter Fowler (.321, 31 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Cubs, going 3 for 6 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cubs -165 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Cubs are 3-2 against the Cardinals this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs hold a 17-6 record in matchups against NL Central Division rivals, while the Cardinals currently sit at 7-10 in these games.
St. Louis has won 60% (15-10) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 80% (16-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cubs are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 12 runs. The Cardinals have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 25-4. The Cardinals have a 20-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top five of the league based on total runs this season, St. Louis ranks second with 250 runs and Chicago is third with 247.
Chicago tops the league in walks with 215 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 164.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 19-12. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 23-5 record.