A National League Central rivalry takes center stage on Sunday night as the Cubs host the Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
DOING IT WAIN-WRIGHT
Adam Wainwright is 12-5 with a 2.30 ERA on the year. He has pitched at least seven innings in 15 of his 19 starts. The Cardinals’ starter has allowed 1 run or less in nine outings as well. Wainwright has faced the Cubs just once this season giving up 4 runs and seven hits in a loss back on June 18th. The righty has great control posting no more than 2 walks in a single outing. He has struck out 26 batters in his last four games and he hasn’t lost a game on the road since his first start of the season back on April 1st.
WOOD WOULD LIKE MORE WINS
Travis Wood is 6-6 with a 2.69 ERA despite the fact that he has thrown 17 quality starts this season. Wood has allowed 2 earned runs or less in three straight starts which all came against the AL West. He has faced the Cardinals twice this season going 1-1 overall while allowing 4 earned runs and 13 hits in those games. Wood has struck out four batters or more in 10 straight starts. Run support has been a bit of an issue for the southpaw as the Cubs have scored just 17 total runs in his last seven starts.
The Cubs are a pretty healthy team; a lot of the names on their injury report aren’t that important. David DeJesus has a shoulder injury which should keep him out a month. Ryan Sweeney is out with a fractured a rib after running into a wall. Other than that, Chicago is without a few pitchers who weren’t really big contributors.
The Cardinals are a little more dinged up with Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday dealing with their own ailments. Out for the year is Jaime Garcia, Rafael Furcal and Jason Motte. Chris Carpenter will be back at some point in the second half as he is getting close to making rehab starts.
Cardinals are 11-5 in Wainwright’s last 16 Sunday starts
Cardinals are 11-5 Over in their last 16 Sunday games
Cubs are 6-14 in Wood’s last 20 home starts
Cubs are 50-22-4 Over in their last 76 during Game 4 of a series
HITTERS TO WATCH
Alfonso Soriano 11-for-42 vs. Wainwright
Starlin Castro 5-for-17 vs. Wainwright
Allen Craig 5-for-16 vs. Wood
Jon Jay 7-for-17 vs. Wood