MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
St. Louis0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 470
Chi Cubs0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 281
  W: G. Cabrera (4-5)   L: C. Heuer (3-3)   S: G. Gallegos (14)
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 UAE12:20 PM CT, September 26, 2021
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 26,547

Sizzling Cardinals look to remain hot in finale vs. Cubs

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St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

  1. The Cubs are 7-5 against the Cardinals this year (4-1 at Wrigley Field), though St. Louis has won four of the last five games in the season series. The Cubs have outscored the Cardinals, 30-9, from the seventh inning on in their 12 head-to-head games this year.
  2. The Cardinals' current 12-game winning streak is their longest win streak since April 1982, when they also won 12 consecutive games. The longest winning streak in Cardinals history is 14 games, a mark set in July 1935. The Dean brothers, Dizzy and Paul, recorded seven of the team's wins during that franchise-record streak (Dizzy 4, Paul 3).
  3. J.A. Happ is 9-8 with a 6.02 ERA this season, pitching for the Twins (5-6 in 19 starts) and Cardinals (4-2 in nine starts). Happ has the highest ERA in the major leagues this season among the 46 pitchers with 15 or more decisions who have a winning record.
  4. The four games in this series will be the Cubs' final four games at Wrigley Field this season. The Cubs are 39-38 in home games this year. They need at least two wins in this series to clinch a winning record in home games for the eighth consecutive season. The last year in which the Cubs did not have a winning record at home is 2013 (31-50).
  5. Zach Davies is scheduled to start for the Cubs in the second game of Friday's day/night doubleheader. Davies is 0-5 with an 8.31 ERA over his last 10 starts, but he is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts against the Cardinals this year.
  6. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals in hits (17), extra-base hits (11), runs scored (19), home runs (5), walks (7), batting average (.378), on-base percentage (.463) and slugging percentage (.844) during the team's current 12-game winning streak.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/25/2021 thru 9/24/2021

The St. Louis Cardinals try to extend their team-record 15-game winning streak on Sunday when they close their four-game road series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Cardinals (86-69) have sandwiched 8-5 victories around a 12-4 decision to win the first three games against the Cubs (67-88) at Wrigley Field.

St. Louis reduced its magic number to three for securing the second wild card in the National League.

The Cardinals were just 44-47 on July 16. But their late preseason charge, aided by the addition of pitchers like T.J. McFarland, has put them on the brink of the postseason play.

"Coming in (during July) I knew that (Paul) Goldschmidt was here, I knew (Nolan) Arenado was here, I know (Adam) Wainwright was still throwing," McFarland said. "I knew all these guys were here and obviously a lot of the younger talent.

"You knew it was there, it was just a matter when it was all going to click. And right now we're all clicking. When one aspect of the team isn't pulling its weight, someone else is picking up the slack. That's the recipe for a successful team."

The Cubs have lost five in a row and 12 of their last 14 games. They are closing out this season by auditioning players like Patrick Wisdom, Rafael Ortega and Frank Schwindel for roles next season.

"I really respect the effort these guys have given," Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said. "They had an amazing opportunity to come in and play every day for two months and, to their credit, a bunch of these guys have really grabbed that opportunity and run with it.

"Watching that passion every day -- they come to the ballpark to prove something. They're proving something to the Cubs. They're proving something to the league."

Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Woodford (3-3, 3.92 ERA) will try to build on his strong finish. He is 1-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three starts and one relief outing in September.

"Seeing the guys go out there and have success definitely gives you that little extra sense of urgency to go out there and compete," Woodford said. "But this is September baseball. You don't really need a whole lot more to get you going than that."

Woodford is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA on three outings against the Cubs this season, including one start. Willson Contreras (3-for-6, double, two homers), Ortega (2-for-2), Sergio Alcantara (1-for-1, homer) and Wisdom (1-for-3) have fared well against him in small sample sizes.

Cubs starting pitcher Keegan Thompson (3-3, 3.40) will continue to progress in his comeback from shoulder soreness. In his first game since returning from the 10-day injured list, Thompson threw 40 pitches and two scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.

In five relief appearances against the Cardinals this season, Thompson allowed three runs on seven hits (including two homers) and two walks.

Yadier Molina (2-for-3), Tommy Edman (2-for-4), Dylan Carlson (1-for-2, homer, two RBIs) and Goldschmidt (1-for-3, homer) had success against him in small sample sizes.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2021

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