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  W: Z. Davies (4-3)   L: C. Martínez (3-7)   S: C. Kimbrel (18)
4:08 PM PT5:08 PM MT6:08 PM CT7:08 PM ET19:08 ET23:08 GMT7:08 4:08 PM MST6:08 PM EST6:38 PM VEN3:08 UAE (+1)5:08 PM CT, June 13, 2021
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 35,225

Cubs look to complete sweep of reeling Cardinals

According to STATS
According to STATS

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

  1. Since 2018, there have been 51 meetings between the Cardinals and Cubs, with the Cardinals having a slight advantage going 26-25. However, during that same span the Cardinals are only 6-10 when playing a day game at Wrigley Field.
  2. The Cardinals beat the Indians on Wednesday night 8-2, snapping a six-game losing streak, the longest losing streak for the Cardinals since they lost seven in a row in June of 2017.
  3. The Cubs have found success playing at Wrigley lately, going 13-3 at home in the months of May and June. Chicago is 6-2 in one-run games at home since May 1.
  4. The friendly confines have not been so friendly to Dylan Carlson. In seven games at Wrigley Field last season, Carlson was just 2-for-23 (.087) with two singles.
  5. Former Cardinal Patrick Wisdom has 16 hits, 11 runs and eight homers since being called up to the Cubs on May 25. The only other NL player with at least 15 hits, 10 runs and five home runs since then is St. Louis' Tyler O'Neill (19 hits, 13 runs, 7 home runs).
  6. Cuban rookie Johan Oviedo is still looking for his first career win 11 appearances (10 starts) into his Cardinals career. Kohl Stewart will make his third start this season, and his second at Wrigley Field. On May 31, in his Cubs debut, Stewart went 5.0 innings and allowed zero earned runs in beating the Padres.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/11/2021 thru 6/13/2021

The streaking Chicago Cubs bid to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday night when they host the reeling St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cubs posted an 8-5 win over the Cardinals on Friday and a 7-2 victory the following day to improve to 23-10 at Wrigley Field.

Chicago has won five of its last six games to remain tied with the Milwaukee Brewers atop the National League Central.

St. Louis has lost 10 of its last 12 games to fall back to .500 for the first time since April 28.

"I've got to figure out a way to make it better," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "It's ultimately falls on my shoulders."

Zach Davies (3-3, 4.45 ERA) will start for the Cubs in the series finale. In his previous outing, Davies blanked the San Diego Padres on one hit through six innings in a 7-1 victory.

"Best pitching performance I've seen him have," Cubs manager David Ross said. "He really hammered the bottom of the zone."

Davies will try to build on that against the Cardinals.

"I'm continuing to be aggressive with the way I attack hitters," Davies said. "I'm not trying to be too fine in locations. ... (I'm) able to mix pitches, both sides of the plate."

Davies threw five shutout innings against the Cardinals on May 23 in a game the Cubs won 2-1 in 10 innings. He is 2-3 with a 4.19 ERA in 11 career starts against them.

Matt Carpenter (12-for-25, five walks, four doubles, three homers), Nolan Arenado (6-for-19, three walks, three doubles, homer) and Paul Goldschmidt (4-for-12, two RBIs) have hit well against him.

Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (3-6, 6.21) will try to get his season back on track after allowing 15 runs in 4 2/3 innings over his last two starts.

Back on May 3, Martinez threw eight scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since then, Martinez has failed to pitch deeper than the sixth inning in any start.

His ERA in his last five starts is 9.97 ERA. But earlier this season he met the quality start metric five times by allowing three or fewer runs in six or more innings.

"Look at the big body of work," Shildt said. "Clean. Effective. Getting late into games. Getting softer contact. That's the version we need. Not any better than that. That is really good. That gets you the sixth, seventh inning, and keeps them at bay for a couple of runs, or so. That's the version we need. Which we've seen. Do we need better than that? We just need the consistency of that, and that will be enough."

Martinez enjoyed a sharp outing against the Cubs during a 12-3 loss on May 21, holding them to two runs on four hits and one walk in six innings.

He is 4-5 with a 4.60 ERA in 37 career appearances (17 starts) against the Cubs.

Martinez has had career success against Kris Bryant (7-for-36, 16 strikeouts) and Javier Baez (4-for-29, seven strikeouts).

On the other hand, Willson Contreras (7-for-21, homer, five RBIs) and Ian Happ (6-for-18, two homers, four RBIs) have hit well against him.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 13, 2021

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