Chicago hosts St. Louis, looks to build on Lester’s strong performance
St. Louis Cardinals (20-11, first in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (16-12, second in the NL Central)
Chicago; Friday, 2 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cubs favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 6 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Cubs are 3-3 against the rest of their division. Chicago ranks seventh in the majors in hitting with a .258 batting average, Jason Heyward leads the team with an average of .329.
The Cardinals are 8-7 on the road. The St. Louis offense has compiled a .269 batting average as a team this season, good for first in the National League. Jose Martinez leads the team with a a mark of .375. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 7-3, .244 batting average, 3.13 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs
Cardinals: 9-1, .293 batting average, 3.70 ERA, outscored opponents by 17 runs
Cubs Injuries: Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Mike Montgomery: 10-day IL (shoulder), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Xavier Cedeno: 10-day IL (wrist), Tony Barnette: 10-day IL (shoulder), Victor Caratini: 10-day IL (hand).
Cardinals Injuries: Mike Mayers: 10-day IL (shoulder), Carlos Martinez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Luke Gregerson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Justin Williams: 10-day IL (hand), Dexter Fowler: day-to-day (illness).