Cardinals at Cubs
Mother Nature made for an interesting - and incomplete - weekend of baseball at Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs, who hope to get some baseball in when they welcome the rival St. Louis Cardinals to town for the first of three games Monday night. After dropping the opener of a set with the Atlanta Braves, the Cubs stormed back with a nine-run eighth to steal Saturday's contest 14-10 in horrible weather conditions.
Sunday's contest was one of several across baseball that was postponed, leaving Chicago to wait and hope that Monday - which is predicted to be wet and cold again - allows for some baseball. "Driving out again, it was remarkably bad," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Sunday after the postponement. "It's just the right thing to do. It's not about just getting games in. You want to be able to play the game on a major league-caliber, championship-caliber level." The Cardinals were forced to endure a rain delay Sunday in Cincinnati before finishing off a four-game sweep of the Reds with a 3-2 win. Catcher Yadier Molina had three two-hit games in the series, smacking two homers and driving in six.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS Midwest (St. Louis), WGN (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (0-2, 5.06 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jon Lester (1-0, 4.40)
After lasting just 3 2/3 innings in his season debut, Wainwright gave up three runs in seven frames against Milwaukee on Wednesday but still took the loss. The three-time All-Star is 10-2 with a 3.79 ERA in his career at Wrigley Field, including 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in his most recent Chicago outing last July. Addison Russell is 6-for-15 with three doubles against Wainwright, who is 14-9 with a 4.03 ERA overall against the Cubs.
Lester will be making his 100th start as a member of the Cubs and looking to bounce back from an uneven outing against Pittsburgh in which he gave up four runs in five innings. He was 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in five starts against the Cardinals in 2017, recording 34 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings. Molina is 12-for-35 with a home run against the 34-year-old Lester, who is 25-14 in his career at Wrigley Field.
1. The Cubs won 14 of 19 meetings last season.
2. Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter is 1-for-14 over his past four contests and is hitting .160 on the season.
3. Chicago is averaging 13.5 runs in its last two wins and 0.5 runs in its last two losses.