Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Waino, Hammel rolling into rivalry matchup

Adam Wainwright will try to keep the Cardinals' string of solid starts going on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, one of the veteran right-hander's favorite places to pitch. The first-place Cubs counter with right-hander Jason Hammel, who is 2-0 against St. Louis this season.
Wainwright, who hasn't allowed a run in his past 12 innings, is 9-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 20 career starts against the Cubs in Chicago. He is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in his last six starts, and the Cardinals are 9-1 in the past 10 games he's started.
He's also spearheading a rotation that has worked at least six innings in 10 straight games, including Jaime Garcia's 6 2/3-inning effort in a 3-2 victory Monday in the series opener.
"This is the kind of starting pitching we should have," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "I believe they're demanding of themselves, and they should be. We've got a talented group. It's just been a little while to get on that positive roll."
Hammel, who took a no-decision in his last start despite allowing just one run in seven innings June 15 against the Nationals. Hammel, who's ninth in the Major Leagues with a 2.26 ERA, has allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of his past 13 starts.
The 7:05 p.m. CT matchup is MLB.TV's Free Game of the Day with an MLB PLUS broadcast, and it's also the MLB Network Showcase game.
Three things to know about this game
• Cardinals slugger Brandon Moss, who hit his team-leading 16th home run Monday, went 1-for-11 on the five-game homestand that ended Sunday. His one hit during that stretch was also a home run.
• Hammel has started against St. Louis three times since last September and is 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in those outings.
• Anthony Rizzo is 10-for-33 (.303) with a home run, four RBIs and .767 OPS against Wainwright.

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