The Chicago Cubs continue their seven-game road trip Monday when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals for a four-game series at Busch Stadium.
The Cubs (46-47, third in NL Central) won their first series after the All-Star break, claiming the first two games of a three-game weekend set against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Chicago won 5-1 and 4-2 then fell 6-4 on Sunday. Arizona’s Merrill Kelly threw 59 strikes on 75 pitches in eight innings, and Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run home run to prevent the Cubs from the sweep.
Despite losing the series finale, the Cubs hope a series win against Arizona, who have the worst record in the MLB at 27-68, will give them momentum heading into St. Louis.
The Cardinals (46-47, fourth in NL Central) also won their opening series of the second half, but in reverse fashion at home. St. Louis lost 7-2 then won two tight games, 3-1 and 2-1, against the San Francisco Giants. Harrison Bader hit a checked-swing single off Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr.’s glove to score Josè Rondón from third base for the win Sunday.
The Cubs are 6-2 against the Cardinals this season, including a series split in each team’s final series before the All-Star break. Chicago won 10-5 in the opener then were shut out 6-0 before the third game was postponed because of rain at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs won two of three in May in St. Louis, outscoring the Cardinals 15-6 in the three-game set thanks to a 12-3 opening win. Chicago split the next two, losing 2-1 and winning 2-1.
Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Rowan Wick (oblique), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Dillon Maples (tricep), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Jake Arrieta (hamstring), Matt Duffy (back), David Bote (shoulder), Austin Romine (left wrist), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm)
Cardinals: Daniel Ponce de Leon (shoulder), Miles Mikolas (forearm), Carlos Martinez (thumb), Dakota Hudson (right elbow), Jordan Hicks (elbow), Jack Flaherty (oblique), Max Moroff (shoulder)
Monday: Alec Mills, RHP (4-2, 4.84 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) vs. Jake Woodford, RHP (1-1, 4.62 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
Tuesday: Trevor Williams, RHP (3-2, 5.51 ERA, 1.63 WHIP) vs. TBD
Wednesday: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (12-4, 3.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs. Adam Wainwright, RHP (7-6, 3.71 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)
Thursday: Adbert Alzolay, RHP (4-9, 4.59 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) vs. Kwang Hyun Kim (5-5, 2.87 ERA, 1.23 WHIP)
How to Watch
Monday: 7:15 PM; Marquee Sports Network, ESPN
Tuesday: 7:15 PM; Marquee Sports Network
Wednesday: 7:15 PM; Marquee Sports Network, ESPN (out-of-market only)
Thursday: 6:15 PM; Marquee Sports Network, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
All times Central