Game Thirty-Three: Cubs (12-20) vs. Cardinals (20-11)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Travis Wood (2-2, 2.50/0.91) vs. Lance Lynn (5-0, 2.75/1.11)
The Cubs open a two-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. The first place Cardinals are clicking on all cylinders right now and come to Wrigley riding a six-game winning streak. The Cardinals completed the four-game sweep in Milwaukee before spending their off day in Chicago on Monday. The Cubs were 7-10 in the 17 games versus their long-time rivals a year ago.
After tonight’s matchup of Travis Wood and Lance Lynn, the series concludes on Wednesday afternoon with Carlos Villanueva facing Jake Westbrook.
The Cubs are 3-5 on their current 10-game homestand following Monday’s victory over the Rangers. Dale Sveum’s team has a shot at a .500 homestand but in order to do so, they will have to play mistake free baseball and take advantage of every scoring opportunity against the Cardinals.
Tonight all begins with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood has pitched better than his record and ERA indicate. Wood is coming off a loss to the Padres in which he was charged with two runs after he left the game … the second time in three starts that Wood picked up at least one earned run after he was in the dugout. Wood pitched into the eighth inning for the first time this season and was charged with three runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
Wood has made six starts and has completed six innings in each of those outings while allowing three runs or less. For those scoring at home, that is six quality starts. Wood has allowed three earned runs only one time in those six outings and that was in his last start against the Padres. To say Wood has made big steps in his development this year would be an understatement.
Travis Wood will face an old nemesis in the Cardinals tonight. Wood has beaten the Redbirds two times in six starts but the Cardinals have pretty much had their way with him. Wood is 2-2 in six starts with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. In 35 1/3 innings, Wood has allowed 24 runs on 42 hits with 10 walks and 24 strikeouts. The Cardinals have hit .307 against him to go along with 10 home runs. Wood was 0-2 in three starts against St. Louis last season with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP (22 hits, six walks, six home runs and 13 strikeouts in 16 innings).
Cardinals Career Numbers against Travis Wood
- Carlos Beltran – 2-for-6 with a home run
- Matt Carpenter – 1-for-4 with a double
- Allen Craig – 4-for-10 with a home run
- Daniel Descalso – 3-for-7 with a triple
- David Freese – 3-for-5
- Matt Holliday – 6-for-18 with two doubles and two home runs
- Jon Jay – 5-for-12 with a double and two walks
- Pete Kozma – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Lance Lynn – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Yadier Molina – 4-for-14 with a double and two home runs
Lance Lynn has picked up where he left off a year ago. After posting a 18-7 record in 35 games, 29 starts, with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP, a lighter Lance Lynn is a perfect 5-0 in six starts this season … and more importantly, the Cardinals are 5-1 in his six starts.
Lynn is coming off a tremendous seven-inning outing against the Reds in which he allowed one run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Lynn has not allowed more than one earned run in each of his last three starts, and just two earned runs on eight hits in his last three starts … so to say Lynn has dominated would be an understatement.
Lance Lynn is a perfect 4-0 in five career games, four starts, against the Cubs with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Lynn won all four games he started against the Cubs last season (4-0) with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, Lynn is 2-0 in two starts with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Lance Lynn
- Darwin Barney – 1-for-9 with a double and a walk
- Starlin Castro – 5-for-13 with a double and a triple
- David DeJesus – 2-for-10 with a triple and three walks
- Cody Ransom – 1-for-5 with a double
- Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-5 with a home run and a walk
- Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-2
- Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-13 with a double
- Luis Valbuena – 0-for-3 with a walk
- Travis Wood – 0-for-4
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