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  W: J. Quintana (9-6)   L: M. Mayers (2-1)
11:20 AM PT12:20 PM MT1:20 PM CT2:20 PM ET14:20 ET18:20 GMT2:20 11:20 AM MST1:20 PM EST1:50 PM VEN22:20 UAE1:20 PM CT, July 22, 2018
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 39,737

Cubs, Cardinals seek series win

According to STATS
According to STATS

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

  1. The Cardinals have posted a 5.01 team ERA while dropping 10 of their last 16 games, though they're 1-0 under new manager Mike Shildt, who replaced Mike Matheny on Saturday. They're facing a Cubs team has averaged a MLB-high 6.8 runs and hit an NL-best .302 since June 26.
  2. The National League-best Cubs open the second half having won 13 of their last 17 games overall and 9 of 10 at Wrigley Field since Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Dodgers on June 19. They've also gone 10-2 at home versus St. Louis since September 25, 2016.
  3. Chicago All-Star second baseman Javier Baez is hitting .382 with five home runs, 10 doubles and 21 RBI over his last 17 games. He's also batted .400 with four home runs and eight RBI in his last nine starts against the Cardinals. Baez is 4-for-9 with a homer and four RBI all-time versus Luke Weaver.
  4. Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras is 11-for-22 with a home run, two doubles, a triple and five RBI over his last six home games. He's 6-for-15 with a home run lifetime versus Carlos Martinez, though he's hit just .194 with two homers and six RBI in his last 19 meetings overall against St. Louis.
  5. St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is batting .324 with four home runs, four doubles and seven RBI over his last 10 games, but his .211 career average against the Cubs is his lowest versus any NL opponent. Carpenter has gone just 6-for-40 (.150) lifetime versus Jon Lester.
  6. Lester has gone 8-0 with 2.80 ERA over his last nine starts overall and he's 4-0 with a 2.01 ERA in his last five versus St. Louis. Jedd Gyorko has had success against the left-hander, going 9-for-24 (.375) lifetime with three home runs.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/19/2018 thru 7/21/2018

CHICAGO -- The top spot in the Chicago Cubs' lineup has often resembled a game of musical chairs this season.

But as hot as first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been as the leadoff hitter of late, manager Joe Maddon might have a difficult time moving Rizzo.

Before the All-Star break, Maddon pondered such a move.

"I just thought about it, and I thought there was no reason to change right now," Maddon told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Rizzo, who has been hot since breaking out of an 0-for-19 slump. went 4-for-5 in the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader that the Cubs split with the rival St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cubs and Cardinals have split the first four games of the five-game set that wraps up Sunday at Wrigley Field. With Rizzo remaining hot at the top, the Cubs have followed suit and have won five of their last seven games.

"Right now, (Rizzo is) having a lot of fun with it," Maddon said. "He's doing very well. And we're doing well with it also."

Jose Quintana (8-6, 3.96 ERA) will try to keep the Cubs rolling as he closes out the series. He has won his last two starts and didn't allow a run on just three hits in six innings of his last outing against the San Francisco Giants. Quintana is 3-2 with a 2.81 ERA in six career starts against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals rallied to the win in Saturday's nightcap with a 6-3 victory after scoring three runs in the ninth inning. St. Louis picked up the split on a day when Matt Carpenter homered for his fifth and sixth consecutive games to establish a Cardinals season record.

Carpenter did not start Saturday's nightcap but homered in his first at-bat to get St. Louis within a run in the seventh inning to start the rally, which they finished in the ninth.

The Cubs won the first game 7-2 against a St. Louis bullpen that faltered.

All-Star Miles Mikolas will look to pick up where he left off before the All-Star break after posting a 10-3 record and a 2.79 ERA in the first half.

Mikolas has won three of his last four starts and took a no-decision in his last outing against the Cincinnati Reds, when he allowed three runs in six innings. Mikolas is 1-0 with three career appearances (one start) against the Cubs.

While Mikolas hopes to keep rolling, the Cardinals' rotation took a hit when Carlos Martinez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday that the extent of Martinez's injury will be determined as he rests.

Martinez received a localized anti-inflammatory shot on Friday, general manager Michael Girsch told reporters. According to the Post-Dispatch, Martinez will continue to travel with the team, but if the area does not respond to treatment, he may be forced to undergo an MRI.

"I'm trying to take care of myself, trying to not be hurt for a long time," Martinez said Saturday, according to the Post-Dispatch. "It's hard for me because I want to compete. I want to help myself and help my team."

Updated July 21, 2018

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