St. Louis relievers Kevin Siegrist, Carlos Martinez and Trevor
Rosenthal each gave up a run on Sunday, and Martinez - who usually
handles the eighth inning with a lead - surrendered four runs on
five hits in 2 1/3 total frames during the three-game series in
Pittsburgh. The Cardinals' starters were the problem in losses at
Chicago on May 2 and 3, but the club avoided a sweep with a 5-4 win
in the finale of that series. The Cubsí recent swoon began with that
setback, and they managed a total of four runs while enduring a
three-game sweep at Atlanta over the weekend.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Travis Wood (2-4, 4.75 ERA) vs. Cardinals
LH Tyler Lyons (0-2, 3.43)
Wood is hoping to bounce back from his worst start of the season on
Wednesday, when he was tagged for eight runs on eight hits and five
walks in four innings at the crosstown-rival White Sox. The
27-year-old, who was struck on the abdomen with a broken bat in that
loss, has allowed three or fewer earned runs in five of his seven
outings. Wood worked seven innings against St. Louis on May 2,
yielding three runs - two earned - on six hits to pick up a win.
Lyons is making his fourth start and still looking for his first win
despite surrendering just one run while striking out seven over six
innings at Atlanta on Tuesday. The 26-year-old has received a total
of two runs of support in his three previous outings. Lyons made a
relief appearance against the Cubs on May 2 and worked a perfect
inning in the 6-5 setback.
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1. Cubs 3B Mike Olt is 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in the last two
games after homering in three straight.
2. St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta went 13-for-35 on the nine-game road
trip to boost his average from .196 to .242.
3. Chicago batters struck out 37 times in the three games over the
PREDICTION: Cardinals 5, Cubs 2
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