The Cardinals took two of three against the Cubs in mid-April,
posting a season-high 10 runs in one of the victories with
Wainwright on the mound. Chicago has won two of its last three
contests, including a 9-4 triumph at Cincinnati on Wednesday that
matched its season best in runs scored. Starlin Castro has fit in
well in the cleanup spot, going 9-for-20 with five RBIs for the
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (5-1, 1.20 ERA) vs.
Cubs LH Travis Wood (1-3, 3.52)
Wainwright has been brilliant in six starts, holding opponents
scoreless in four of them while allowing only 24 hits in 45 innings
overall. The 32-year-old gave up a season-high four runs in seven
innings to beat Chicago on April 12 and boasts a scoreless streak of
25 innings. Junior Lake is 3-for-9 with a homer against Wainwright,
who is 9-6 lifetime against the Cubs – 6-0 with a 3.72 ERA at
Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Wood had given up three earned runs or fewer in his first four
starts before being charged with five over 5 2/3 innings in his last
outing against Milwaukee. The 27-year-old has struck out 31 and
walked only seven in 30 2/3 innings while getting only five runs of
support in his three losses combined. Yadier Molina (11-for-27,
three homers) has hit well against Wood, who is 3-5 in 11 starts
with a 5.16 ERA versus St. Louis.
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Chicago OF/INF Emilio Bonifacio had 11 multi-hit games through
April with 10 stolen bases and a team-best .337 batting average.
The Cardinals were fourth in the majors in ERA (2.87) and tied
for 21st in runs scored (105 in 29 games) through Wednesday’s games.
The Cubs' bullpen has gone 14 innings over five-plus games
without allowing a run after 3 1/3 two-hit frames Wednesday.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 4, Cubs 1
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