Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Red-hot Cubs seek sweep in St. Louis

The Cardinals will look to cool off a sizzling Cubs squad as the rivals meet in the finale of a three-game series Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. CT. The Cubs are the first team to 11 wins this season and are off to their best start since going 11-3 in 1970.
Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs. Hendricks took the loss in last start but pitched well, going six innings. The Cubs made four errors in the game, a 6-1 loss to the Rockies.
The Cardinals counter with Carlos Martinez, who went seven strong innings in his last start with his only mistake being a three-run homer by Joey Votto in a 14-3 win over the Reds. Martinez was 2-0 with a 5.24 ERA in five appearances against the Cubs in 2015.
Things to know about this game
• Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has reached base safely in the past 11 games and in all eight home games this season. He is 6-for-10 in his career against Hendricks.
• The Cubs are expected to start left-handed hitter Tommy La Stella at either second or third base. La Stella is hitting .308 but was hitless in his last five at-bats.
• Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is 6-for-12 in his career against Hendricks with two home runs and four RBIs.

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