Adam Wainwright (4-3, 5.92 ERA) and John Lackey (4-2, 3.31 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (23-21) and the Chicago Cubs (29-13) at Busch Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 23 and can be seen on CSCh and FSMW.
Wainwright pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking one in a 2-0 win over the Rockies. Lackey went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking two in a 2-1 win over the Brewers in his last outing.
For Game 1 of this big NL Central series, the Cubs are a -115 road favorite with a total of 7.5. This is a tough situational spot for the Cubs, who played late last night in San Francisco against the Giants on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
The Cubs sit at 16-5 against their divisional rivals, while the Cardinals are 6-9.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 16-3, while St. Louis is 14-10.
The Cubs didn't score any runs in their last game. The Cardinals have a 3-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 20-3. The Cubs have a 24-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top five of the league based on total runs this season, St. Louis ranks second with 243 runs and Chicago is third with 232.
St. Louis and Chicago both rank in the top five of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. St. Louis sits at second with an OPS of .810, and Chicago ranks fourth with an OPS of .782.
The Cubs are 12-9 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 13-15 when they allow at least one homer.