MLB

more stats

3
Final123456789RHE
Chicago Cubs000200010380
St. Louis04000100X561
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:M.Wacha(3-3) L:J.Hammel(4-2) S:T.Rosenthal (11)
HR: CHC- S.Castro (6) STL- None
5


National League Preview from The Sports Network



Thursday, May 15th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Cubs (13-25) at St. Louis Cardinals (20-20), 1:45 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.45) St. Louis - Michael Wacha (2-3, 2.85)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Returning postseason hero Michael Wacha tries to end what's evolved into a five-start winless drought on Thursday afternoon, when he and the St. Louis Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs in the finale of what's now a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Wednesday night's game between the teams was postponed due to rain and will be made up on Aug. 30 as part of a day-night doubleheader.

Wacha, the MVP in last fall's National League Championship Series, is winless since defeating the Cubs, 6-4, on April 13. In five outings since, he's lost three decisions and compiled a 3.49 earned run average while the Cardinals have managed a grand total of eight runs in offensive support.

He faced the Cubs once since the last victory and was beaten, 3-0, at Wrigley Field on May 3 after allowing two runs and striking out six in six innings.

Wacha is fifth among National League pitchers with 57 strikeouts.

He's opposed by right-hander Jason Hammel, who's gone 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his last four outings.

The streak could consist of all victories, but Hammel, who's allowed five runs in his last 13 innings of work, has gotten just three runs from his offense, too.

He's 1-1 in three career starts against the Cardinals while posting a 5.28 ERA.

In his most recent meeting with them, he allowed three runs in six innings while getting a no-decision in a game the Cubs lost, 5-4.

When they last met on Tuesday, Greg Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and the Cardinals topped the Cubs, 4-3.

Justin Grimm (1-2) entered to pitch the 12th and allowed a leadoff single to Jhonny Peralta, then walked Allen Craig and Yadier Molina with one out to load the bases. Garcia stepped in as a pinch hitter and was hit in the elbow on the fourth pitch of the at-bat to record his first career RBI.

Seth Maness (1-2) earned the win for pitching a scoreless 12th inning for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals and Cubs split six previous meetings this season coming into this series.

05/15 10:34:18 ET

TV
  • Hoops Headquarters: Final Four Special

    Friday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBS Sports Spectacular: NCAA March Madness Confidential

    Sunday at 5:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship

    Monday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
CAR
1st
TAM 0
BOS 0
 
1:05pm Today
STL
MIA
 
1:05pm Today
WAS
NYM
 
1st
MIN 0
NYY 0
 
1:05pm Today
DET
PIT
 
1st
BAL 0
TAM 0
 
1st
TOR 0
PHI 0
 
4:05pm Today
TEX
CHC
 
4:05pm Today
LOS
CWS
 
4:05pm Today
MIL
CIN
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
COL
 
4:05pm Today
CLE
SEA
 
4:10pm Today
ANA
OAK
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
TEX
 
6:05pm Tonight
ATL
HOU
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
KAN
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
ATL
7:30pm Tonight
BRK
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
SAN
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
7:00pm Tonight
TEMPL
MIAMI
7:00pm Tonight
EVAN
TENNM
9:00pm Tonight
NARZ
YALE
9:00pm Tonight
ODU
STAN
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
FLA
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
NJD
7:30pm Tonight
DET
OTT
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
TAM
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
NYR
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
VAN