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Chi Cubs1 0 2 0 3 0 0 2 0 8161
St. Louis0 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 660
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  W: S. Cishek (4-6)   L: A. Wainwright (14-10)   S: B. Kintzler (1)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT, September 28, 2019
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 46,971

Cardinals aim for NL Central title against injured Cubs

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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 will continue their division title quest when they host the injury-depleted Chicago Cubs Saturday night.

The Cardinals (90-70) lead the National League Central by one game over the Milwaukee Brewers (89-71). Both teams lost Friday night, so the Cardinals' magic number to win the division fell to two with two games to play.

The division winner will play the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS and the second-place team will play the Washington Nationals in the NL wild-card game.

The Cardinals have lost three consecutive games and their relievers have allowed 15 runs (13 earned) in their last two games.

They hope to regain some momentum behind starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (14-9, 3.98 ERA), who is 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA this month.

Wainwright is 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA in four starts against the Cubs this season and 16-12 with a 4.01 ERA in 49 career appearances against them, including 40 starts.

He is 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 15 starts overall at Busch Stadium this season.

"We're in a good spot; we're in the driver's seat," Wainwright said. "We just have to win."

With Chicago (82-78) just playing out the string, Cubs manager Joe Maddon is deploying lots of bench players and prospects during the season's final weekend.

Corner infielders Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are unlikely to play while recovering from sprained ankles. Shortstop Javier Baez (hairline thumb fracture) has been limited to pinch-running duties.

Outfielder Nicholas Castellanos bowed out of Friday's lineup due to a tight groin muscle and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. left the game in the sixth inning with a leg injury.

"I'm not going to play hurt people," Maddon said.

He also shut down starting pitchers Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks for this series. But he is giving left-hander Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.92) the Saturday start to help him establish value in free agency after his injury-plagued campaign.

Hamels is 1-1 against the Cardinals this season, but he has not allowed an earned run against them in 15 innings. He is 5-6 with a 2.29 ERA in 16 career starts against the Cardinals.

After recovering from an oblique strain, Hamels developed a sore shoulder and missed his previous start.

"I don't want to put that in the back of teams' heads of how I finished," he told MLB.com. "I think I'm capable of what I was able to do in the first half. That's who I am. And I can still get those good results for, hopefully, it would be this team, if they consider that. But, also, for other teams to know that I'm not the type of player that's on the regression."

In his first 17 starts this season, Hamels went 6-3 with a 2.98 ERA, 97 strikeouts, 85 hits allowed and 35 walks in 99 2/3 innings.

But Hamels went 1-4 with a 6.39 ERA during his last nine starts. He allowed 54 hits (including eight homers) and 21 walks in 38 innings during that downturn.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 28, 2019

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