April 13-15; @ Cardinals – Series Preview

St. Louis Cardinals Logo - A cardinal perched on a yellow bat wearing a cap over a baseball inside a red circle reading St. Louis Cardinals in white

The Cubs get their first major test of the year in St. Louis this weekend.  The Cardinals are crushing the ball, and not giving up to many runs either, that’s usually a recipe for success.  The Cardinals sit atop the Central Division aty a 5-2 record and have shown no signs of slowing down coming off of their Championship season last year.  The Cubs left Wrigley with a better taste in their mouth after beating the Brewers 8-0 on Thursday afternoon.  However, the Cubs aren’t satisified with their play as they currently sit at the bottom of the Central with a 2-5 record.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cubs sneak up on the Cards this weekend and steal 2 out of 3 games.  The Cubs played better than that 2-5 record indicates on the season opening home stand, and I think a trip on the road might do them some good.  Go Cubs!

Full Breakdown after the jump

April 13, 2012 – April 15, 2012
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO

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Record – (5-2, 0-0 home) (1st in the NL Central)
Runs Scored(NL rank) - 37 (1st)
Team ERA (NL rank) – 2.93 (5th)
Last 10 – (5-2)
Last Series – Won 2 of 3 to Cincinnati

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Record – (2-5, 0-0 away) (6th in the NL Central)
Runs Scored(NL rank) - 27 (8th)
Team ERA (NL rank) – 3.71 (10th)
Last 10 – (2-5)
Last Series – Lost 3 of 4 to Milwaukee

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GAME BY GAME

Friday April 13, 2012 – 2:15 PM CST
TV – WGN/MLBN Radio – WGN 720AM

Saturday April 14, 2012 – 12:05 PM CST
TV – FOX Radio – WGN 720AM

Sunday April 15, 2012 – 1:15 PM CST
TV – CSN Chicago / Radio – WGN 720AM

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PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday
Jeff Samardzija – (1 – 0, 1.04)  vs.  Adam Wainwright (0 – 1, 4.76)

Saturday
Chris Volstad – (0 – 0, 5.40)  vs.  Lance Lynn (1 – 0, 1.35)

Sunday
Paul Maholm – (0 – 1, 13.50)  vs.  Jake Westbrook (1 – 0, 0.00)

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Regular Season Series
Apr 13, 2012 CHC (Samardzija) @ STL (Wainwright) 3:15 PM ET
Apr 14, 2012 CHC (Volstad) @ STL (Lynn) 1:05 PM ET
Apr 15, 2012 CHC (Maholm) @ STL (Westbrook) 2:15 PM ET
Apr 23, 2012 STL @ CHC 8:05 PM ET
Apr 24, 2012 STL @ CHC 8:05 PM ET
Apr 25, 2012 STL @ CHC 2:20 PM ET
May 14, 2012 CHC @ STL 7:00 PM ET
May 15, 2012 CHC @ STL 1:45 PM ET
Jul 20, 2012 CHC @ STL 8:15 PM ET
Jul 21, 2012 CHC @ STL 4:05 PM ET
Jul 22, 2012 CHC @ STL 2:15 PM ET
Jul 27, 2012 STL @ CHC 2:20 PM ET
Jul 28, 2012 STL @ CHC 1:05 PM ET
Jul 29, 2012 STL @ CHC 2:20 PM ET
Sep 21, 2012 STL @ CHC 2:20 PM ET
Sep 22, 2012 STL @ CHC TBA
Sep 23, 2012 STL @ CHC 2:20 PM ET

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Injury Report

No significant injuries
 

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George Cotugno

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