Thursday, June 8, 2023

The Cardinals and Cubs meet to decide the series winner

Chicago Cubs (27-45, 4th in NL Central) vs St. Louis Cardinals (41-33, 2nd in NL Central)

St. Louis; Sunday, 2:15 p.m. EDT

Pitching Prospects: Cubs: Alec Mills (0-1, 8.59 ERA, 1.57 whips, nine strikeouts); Cardinals: Zack Flaherty (0-0, 6.00 ERA, 2.17 WHIP, four strikeouts)

fanduel sportsbook Line: Cardinals-190, Cubs +163; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

Bottom line: The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs play Sunday in which the winner claims a three-game series.

St. Louis has a 22–14 record in home games and a 41–33 record overall. The Cardinals are 32-9 in games when they record at least eight hits.

Chicago has a 14–20 record on the road and a 27–45s overall. The Cubs have gone 11-35 in a game when they have allowed at least one home run.

The teams will meet on Sunday for the eighth time this season. The Cardinals lead the season series 4-3.

Top Performer: Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 40 extra base hits (23 doubles and 17 home runs). Nolan Arenado is 14-for-39 in the last 10 games with five doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs.

Patrick Wisdom led the Cubs with 14 home runs, slugging .465. Nico Horner is 12-for-34 with a double, a home run and five RBIs in the last 10 games.

Last 10 games: Cardinals: 4-6, .248 batting average, 3.98 ERA, beat opponents by four runs

Cubs: 4-6, .251 batting average, 4.45 ERA, 12 runs outscore

Injuries: Cardinals: Genesis Cabrera: 10-Day IL (Covid-19), Drew Verhagen: 15-Day IL (Shoulder), TJ McFarland: 15-Day IL (Unknown), Tyler O’Neill: 10-Day IL (Hamstring) ) ), Yadier Molina: 10-day IL (knee), Corey Dickerson: 10-day IL (calf), Jordan Hicks: 15-day IL (forearm), Steven Matz: 15-day IL (shoulder), Alex Reyes: 60-day IL (shoulder)

Cubs: Daniel Norris: 15-Day IL (finger), Frank Schwindell: 10-Day IL (Back), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (Waist), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (Shoulder), Marcus Strowman: 15 -Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Drew Smiley: 15-Day IL (oblique), Seiya Suzuki: 10-Day IL (finger), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (Shoulder) , Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (Covid), Edbert Aljole: 60-Day IL (Shoulder), Cody Heuer: 60-Day IL (Elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (Elbow)

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