The Chicago Cubs got a big win at Busch Stadium last night, exploding for six runs off of Cardinals starter Michael Wacha in the first inning en route to a 12-3 victory, giving them a seven-game lead over their NL Central rivals. Jake Arrieta looks to make that eight as he takes the mound for the North Siders in this afternoon’s series finale.
The Cubs will be going for their 23rd consecutive win in games started by Arrieta, who leads the National League with eight wins and owns baseball’s lowest ERA at 1.29. The reigning Cy Young winner hasn’t given up more than three runs in any of his nine starts this season and is coming off of a masterful performance in San Francisco last Friday night in which he allowed only one run on four hits in seven innings in the Cubs’ 8-1 victory.
The Cardinals will counter with Carlos Martinez, who’s going through quite a tough stretch at the moment. After starting the season with four consecutive wins, he now has four consecutive losses and has given up eight runs in just 10 innings over his last two starts.
Here’s everything else you need to know about today’s series finale.
Chicago Cubs (30-14) at St. Louis Cardinals (24-22)
Time: 12:45 PM CT
Location: Busch Stadium
Radio: 670 The Score
TV: ABC 7
Starting Pitchers: Jake Arrieta (8-0, 1.29 ERA) vs Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.56 ERA)
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