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Cubs at Cardinals Series Preview: Probables, How to Watch, and More

Chicago closes out its 2021 season with a three-game series at St. Louis, which has clinched the second Wild Card spot in the NL.

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The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals will face off in a three-game set for the final regular-season series for each team this weekend at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The Cubs (69-90, fourth in NL Central) enter the series after winning two of three against the Pittsburgh Pirates with victories of 3-2 and 9-0 in the final two games. Chicago’s first victory ended a losing streak at seven games. Four of the losses during that recent skid came against the Cardinals in Chicago, with two of the games in a doubleheader.

The Cardinals (89-70, second in NL Central) had their season-long winning streak snapped at 17 games with a 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, but rebounded with a 4-3 win the next night. St. Louis’ win streak helped it lock up the NL’s second Wild Card spot. The Cardinals will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

The Cubs are 7-9 this season against the Cardinals, including a 3-4 mark in St. Louis.

Injuries

Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Keegan Thompson (shoulder), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Manuel Rodriguez (shoulder), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Jason Heyward (concussion), Michael Hermosillo (forearm), Patrick Wisdom (wrist), Alfonso Rivas (finger), Nick Madrigal (hamstring), Nico Hoerner (soreness), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm), Robinson Chirinos (oblique).

Cardinals: Justin Miller (elbow), Carlos Martinez (thumb), Wade LeBlanc (elbow), Jordan Hicks (elbow), Ryan Helsley (elbow), Junior Fernandez (shoulder), Max Moroff (shoulder), Yadier Molina (shoulder).

Probable Pitchers

Friday: Zach Davies, RHP (6-12, 5.78 ERA, 1.60 WHIP) vs. Dakota Hudson, RHP (1-0, 4.91 ERA, 1.09 WHIP)

Saturday: Adrian Sampson, RHP (1-2, 2.87 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (7-6, 4.62 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)

Sunday: Alec Mills, RHP (6-7, 5.09 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) vs. Jake Woodford, RHP (3-3, 3.88 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)

How to Watch

Friday: 7:15 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Saturday: 6:15 PM; FOX, Marquee Sports Network

Sunday: 2:15 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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