MLB

more stats

National League Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, August 17th (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Cardinals (69-52) at Chicago Cubs (53-68), 4:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Joe Kelly (3-3, 3.14) Chicago - Travis Wood (7-9, 3.00)

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs finally broke out offensively at Wrigley Field on Friday. Today, they will try to win back-to-back home games for the first time since early July.

The Cubs haven't won two in a row at Wrigley Field since July 7 and 11 when they beat the Pirates and Angels, respectively. They've won just two of their last 13 at Wrigley Field, but that includes a 7-0 victory yesterday versus the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of this three-games series.

Travis Wood aims to end his winless skid this afternoon for the Cubs. The lefty is 0-2 over his last three appearances and is coming off a tough loss to the Reds on Monday when he gave up only four hits and two runs in eight innings.

Over nine career starts against the Cardinals, Wood is 3-3 with a 4.61 ERA.

Joe Kelly counters for the Cardinals, who enter the day three games behind first-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central. The right-hander, who will make his eighth start of the season and the 24th of his career, hasn't lost since June 5 against Arizona. He's 2-0 over his last 11 appearances.

Kelly's 1.87 ERA since June 1 is third-best among major leaguers with at least 40 innings thrown. He's faced the Cubs three times in his career, going 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA.

Yesterday, Jake Arrieta and the Cubs held the Cardinals without a run. Arrieta (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Iowa to make his second start with the club since being acquired from Baltimore on July 2, surrendered only two Carlos Beltran hits and struck out seven over seven innings.

"I think the atmosphere at Wrigley is going to be pretty intense every time I take the mound," Arrieta said. "I know all about the rivalry and it's something I'm excited to be a part of."

Nate Schierholtz drove in three of Chicago's runs.

Jake Westbrook (7-8) lost his fifth consecutive road start after allowing seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings.

"It's not what any of us were looking for. He had trouble finding the release point for his sinker," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said about Westbrook. "He just couldn't find the feel for it."

The teams have split 14 meetings this season.

08/17 10:26:45 ET

  • ACC: North Carolina vs. Miami

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego vs. Miami

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida vs. Georgia

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Saturday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

    Tonight at 8:25 on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Pittsburgh

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State at Syracuse

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tomorrow at 11:35 pm

Scoreboard
Local
8:25pm Tonight
CAR
NOS
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
WAS
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
DET
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
NYK
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
UTA
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
OKC
7:30pm Tonight
LOU
FSU
7:30pm Tonight
GASO
TROY
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
BOS
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
LOS
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
WIN
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
ARI
7:30pm Tonight
OTT
CHI
7:30pm Tonight
TAM
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
ANA
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
SJS
9:00pm Tonight
COL
NYI
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
MON
8:25pm Tonight
CAR
NOS