National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 27
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (55-48) at Chicago Cubs (42-60), 2:20 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.02)
Chicago - Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 2.77)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The last time Adam Wainwright faced the Cubs at Wrigley
Field, the right-hander suffered through one of his worst starts this season.
Today, Wainwright gets an opportunity to become the first 13-game winner in
the majors as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs in the rubber
match of a three-game series.
Wainwright is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts against the Cubs this
season, but his lone appearance at Wrigley Field on May 2 saw him give up a
season-high 10 hits along with six runs over five frames. Wainwright suffered
his first defeat on the north side after 17 games (12 starts).
Over his career, Wainwright is 9-7 with a 4.44 ERA in 34 games (25 starts)
against the Cubs. He is 6-1 all-time at Wrigley Field.
Wainwright, who has yet to lose consecutive starts this season, is coming off
a 7-2 loss versus Tampa Bay on Tuesday when he allowed six hits and six runs
-- four earned -- over just 4 2/3 innings.
There are six pitchers in the National League with 12 victories, but only
Wainwright takes the mound today. Detroit's Rick Porcello, who also has 12
wins, pitches today in Anaheim.
Kyle Hendricks counters for the Cubs as the 24-year-old righty makes his third
major league start. Hendricks, who was acquired from Texas at the trade
deadline two years ago, made his Wrigley Field debut Tuesday versus San Diego
and earned his first win after tossing seven shutout innings. Hendricks held
the Padres to five hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked
Hendricks has allowed just one run in his last 12 innings after surrendering
three runs in the first inning of his big league debut in Cincinnati on July
Yesterday, Matt Adams finished with a pair of hits and drove in four runs,
leading St. Louis to a 6-3 win. New acquisition A.J. Pierzynski collected
three hits and knocked in a run for the Cardinals, who rebounded from a one-
run loss in Friday's opener and snapped a four-game losing streak.
"I definitely wanted to play this year because I didn't want to end with a bad
taste in my mouth after Boston," Pierzynski said. "I wanted to find a place to
play. I didn't want to end the season, I didn't want to end anything like
Matt Carpenter added an RBI and scored twice, while Randy Choate (2-2)
recorded the final out in the sixth to snag the win. Shelby Miller lasted 5
2/3 innings and yielded two runs on three hits while fanning three.
Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney hit solo homers for the Cubs, who have
dropped eight of their last 10. Emilio Bonifacio contributed three hits and
scored once in the setback.
James Russell (0-2) was charged with four runs on two hits while retiring two
batters in defeat. Jake Arrieta gave up two runs on five hits with six
strikeouts over the first six frames.
"He did all that with not his best stuff, but he was still pretty effective,"
Cubs manager Rick Renteria noted of Arrieta. "That performance was probably
indicative of how much he's grown."
The Cardinals have won six of the 11 meetings this season.
07/27 10:27:26 ET