Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 06/20/13

Game Seventy-One: Cubs (29-41) vs. Cardinals (46-26)

  • Game Time – 7:15pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Scott Feldman (6-5, 3.05/1.10) vs. Lance Lynn (9-1, 3.56/1.19)

The Cubs wrap up their seven-game road trip tonight with the last of four in St. Louis. Dale Sveum’s team 3-3 over the first six games and a win tonight would not only give them a winning trip but splitting a four-game series against the best team in baseball in their park would be considered a success.

The Cubs offense continued to struggle on Wednesday night and it will not get any easier with Lance Lynn on the hill for the Redbirds. Outside of the first inning on Tuesday, the Cardinals’ staff has held the Cubs in check over the first three games. The Cubs will have to take advantage of the few opportunities they get from Lance Lynn while Scott Feldman does his best to limit the high-powered Cardinals’ offense.

Tonight it all starts with Scott Feldman

Scott Feldman is coming off another excellent start and a run scoring hit the last time out. Feldman held the Mets to one run on two hits with a walk and six strikeouts in seven innings. Feldman was sharp and drove in more runs than he allowed. Feldman picked up his first win since he beat the Sox on May 29.

Feldman has been very successful just about every time out of late since a rough start to his Cubs’ career. Feldman has recorded eight quality starts in his last 10 games, the only two blemishes came against the Reds.

The Cubs need for Feldman to pitch the way he has for the most part this season. The only concern is, the Cardinals’ offense is very deep and is similar to the one in Cincinnati. Tonight will be a good test for Feldman … and hopefully he can increase his value.

Scott Feldman is 2-3 in seven road starts this season with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Feldman makes his first regular season appearance against the Cardinals tonight. Feldman faced the Redbirds during the 2011 World Series and gave up five runs on five hits with five walks and two strikeouts in five appearances (five innings) out of Ron Washington’s pen.

Matt Holliday (2-for-5 with two walks), Carlos Beltran (1-for-2 with a walk) and Ty Wigginton (7-for-14 with a double and a walk) are the only three Cardinals that have faced Scott Feldman in a regular season big league ballgame.

Lance Lynn likes pitching against the Chicago Cubs and had not lost a game to them in four starts until his last outing at Wrigley on May 7. Travis Wood outpitched Lynn and the Cubs beat Lynn … the only loss he has suffered this season. Even in defeat, Lynn dominated the Cubs. Lynn allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings … a Nate Schierholtz two-run homer was the difference in the game.

Lance Lynn is coming off his worst start of the season. The Marlins scored seven runs on nine hits against Lynn in Miami and the big right hander walked three while striking out six over five innings. Of course Lynn won the game, that’s the life for a starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Lance Lynn is 5-0 in seven starts at Busch Stadium this year with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Over his last three starts, 2-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Lynn is 4-1 in six career games, five starts, against the Cubs with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Lance Lynn

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-12 with a double and a walk
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-16 with a double and a triple
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-8 with a home run and a walk
  • Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-5 with a home run
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-5 with two walks

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