Cardinals open 3-game series against Chicago
Chicago; Friday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (4-5, 4.41 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 49 strikeouts) Cubs: Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.62 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 64 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: St. Louis hits the road to begin a three game series against Chicago.
The Cubs are 10-11 against teams from the NL Central. Chicago’s team on-base percentage of .336 is second in the National League. Willson Contreras leads the team with an OBP of .392.
The Cardinals are 15-14 against teams from the NL Central. St. Louis has slugged .413 this season. Marcell Ozuna leads the team with a mark of .527. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.
Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 28 extra base hits and is slugging .527. Matt Wieters is 5-for-23 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBIs over the last 10 games for St. Louis.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 4-6, .226 batting average, 4.17 ERA, outscored opponents by one run
Cardinals: 6-4, .218 batting average, 3.30 ERA
Cardinals Injuries: Mike Mayers: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Matt Carpenter: day-to-day (leg), Yadier Molina: 10-day IL (thumb).