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5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST7:45 PM VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 PM CT, September 27, 2019
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 46,530

Cardinals take on Cubs striving for NL Central title

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Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Cardinals swept a four-game series from the Cubs in Chicago from Sept. 19-22 and will be attempting to win six straight against their longtime rivals for the first time since May 12-July 30, 2011. Chicago is 4-11 at Busch Stadium since the start of the 2018 season, its lowest winning percentage in any NL park over the last two years.
  2. The Cubs ended this season 51-30 (.630) at Wrigley Field, but are 31-47 (.397) on the road and could finish with a winning percentage above .600 at home and under .400 in away games for the first time in franchise history. Chicago hasn't lost 50 games on the road in a season since 2012 (23-58).
  3. St. Louis joined this year's Dodgers as the only NL teams in MLB history with 11 players with 10 or more homers in a season when Yadier Molina went deep Monday in Arizona. Three Cardinals (Paul Goldschmidt, Paul DeJong, Marcell Ozuna) have at least 29 homers in 2019; only once in franchise history has the team had three players with 30 or more homers (2004; Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen).
  4. Tommy Edman ranks second in the NL with a .347 average since Aug. 9 (min. 125 PA) and is 15-for-34 (.441) with 11 runs scored over an eight-game hitting streak. He became the third Cardinals rookie since 1983 with five straight multihit games during Wednesday's loss at Arizona (Paul DeJong, 2017; Chris Duncan, 2006).
  5. Kyle Schwarber is one home run away from becoming the first Cubs player since Aramis Ramirez in 2006 with 20 homers after the All-Star break. Schwarber is just a career .136 hitter at Busch Stadium, the lowest average by a non-pitcher in the park's history (min. 100 PA).
  6. Adam Wainwright, slated to start for St. Louis on Saturday, has won five consecutive starts and has not allowed an earned run in three straight outings at Busch Stadium. Wainwright has a 2.08 ERA at home this season and a 6.22 ERA on the road, the largest difference (road being greater) in the majors in 2019 (min. 150 IP).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2019 thru 9/29/2019

The St. Louis Cardinals hope to complete their bid for the National League Central title when they host the Chicago Cubs in their season-closing series beginning Friday night.

The Cardinals (90-69) lead the second-place Milwaukee Brewers (89-70) by a single game. The Brewers visit the Colorado Rockies (68-90) for three games to finish their season.

The division race tightened when the Cardinals lost their last two road games against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"Pressure's either felt or pressure's applied," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told reporters after Wednesday's 9-7 loss. "This group doesn't particularly enjoy feeling any pressure, we like to apply it. We'll play like we played all year, and we embrace the opportunity. We look forward to getting home and playing on Friday night."

The Cardinals have clinched at least a spot in the wild-card game against the Washington Nationals (90-69), but they would like to avoid that single-elimination showdown as well as a potential tiebreaking Game 163 against the Brewers.

Shildt will start Dakota Hudson (16-7, 3.45 ERA) Friday at Busch Stadium. Hudson lasted just three innings on Sept. 21 in his only start against the Cubs this season, won by the Cardinals 9-8.

He allowed three runs on three hits and four walks in that game. Hudson needed 62 pitches to get nine outs.

In his career, Hudson has a 6.23 ERA in three appearances against the Cubs.

Last weekend the Cardinals swept the Cubs in four games at Wrigley Field to all but knock them out of the division race. Overall, the Cubs have lost nine consecutive games.

They are left trying to play spoiler to their arch-rival after missing the postseason for the first time since 2014.

"It's definitely a stinging feeling," Cubs pitcher Jon Lester told MLB.com. "It hasn't happened too often for me, so it's a weird feeling. But, I mean, we as a group just flat-out didn't get it done this last month. Other teams did. Other teams played better than us. It sucks. It sucks going forward."

The Cubs will start Alec Mills (1-0, 2.90 ERA) in the series opener. In his only appearance against the Cardinals this season, he held them scoreless for 4 2/3 innings on Sept. 20 -- in a game the Cubs lost 2-1.

Mills has no record and a 2.08 ERA in three career outings against them.

With the Cubs eliminated, manager Joe Maddon indicated he is likely to sit injured infielders Javier Baez (thumb fracture), Kris Bryant (sprained ankle) and Anthony Rizzo (sprained ankle).

Pitcher Cole Hamels (sore shoulder) expects to pitch a few innings in Saturday's game, and Maddon may use Sunday's game to run a parade of relievers to the mound. He is not concerned what the Brewers will think of his lineups.

"I will put out the guys that I think are the appropriate guys to play based on what's good for our people, not for their people," Maddon told reporters in Pittsburgh. "But we're going to put a good team out there, regardless."

For the Cardinals, second baseman Kolten Wong (hamstring strain) is questionable for this weekend.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 27, 2019

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