Jason Hammel (5-1, 2.31 ERA) takes the mound for the Chicago Cubs (29-14) as they go up against Michael Wacha (2-4, 4.03 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (24-21) in the second of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 4-3, and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 24 and will air on CSCh, FSMW and ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Wacha pitched 4.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out four and walking one in a 13-7 victory over the Rockies. The Cubs were unsuccessful against the Brewers 5-3 the last time Hammel pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out seven and walking two. Dexter Fowler (.314, 30 Rs, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cardinals -110 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
The Cubs sit at 16-6 against their divisional rivals, while the Cardinals are 7-9.
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 game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 2-5 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 24-4. The Cardinals have a 20-3 record when outhitting opponents.
St. Louis and Chicago both rank in the top five of the league in runs. St. Louis sits at second with 247 runs this season and Chicago ranks third with 235.
Chicago tops the league in walks with 209 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 161.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 19-12. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 22-5 record.