Game One Hundred Forty-Nine: Cubs (87-61) vs. Cardinals (92-56)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, TBS – Radio: WBBM 105.9 FM, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jon Lester (10-10, 3.38/1.16/2.95) vs. Carlos Martinez (13-7, 3.02/1.29/3.23)
The Cubs square off against the Cardinals for the final time in the regular season this afternoon. The Cubs are 8-10 in the first 18 games versus the Cardinals after winning the last two series. The Cubs will shoot for the series sweep today behind Jon Lester.
The Cubs enter play five games back of the Cardinals and one game behind the Pirates in the division. Taking care of business against the Redbirds early will not only keep the pressure on the Pirates for the afternoon game in Los Angeles (3:10pm CDT), it will also inch the Cubs closer to the goal.
Jon Lester is coming off his first complete game of the season and one of his best outings of the year. Lester went the distance against the Pirates. Lester allowed one run on five hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. Lester is 2-0 in his last three starts with a 1.71 ERA and 0.76 WHIP. Lester has allowed four runs on 12 hits with four walks and 19 strikeouts in his last 21 innings.
Over his last 11 starts, Lester is 6-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Lester has 76 strikeouts with 14 walks in 73 2/3 innings.
Jon Lester makes his fifth and final start of the regular season against the Cardinals today. Lester beat the Cardinals on Sept. 9 but received a no-decision in a game the Cubs lost 4-3. Lester is 1-2 in four starts against the Cardinals this year with a 1.78 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.
Cardinals Numbers against Jon Lester in 2015
- Matt Carpenter: 3-for-11 with one triple and two walks
- Jason Heyward: 5-for-12 with two doubles
- Jhonny Peralta: 2-for-12 with one home run
- Yadier Molina: 2-for-8 with one double and two walks
- Mark Reynolds: 0-for-8
- Matt Holliday: 3-for-6 with one double and one walk
- Randal Grichuk: 0-for-6
- Kolten Wong: 1-for-4 with one walk
- Peter Bourjos: 1-for-4
- Tommy Pham: 0-for-4
- Matt Adams: 0-for-3
- Pete Kozma: 1-for-3
- Stephen Piscotty: 0-for-3
- Jon Jay: 1-for-2
- Brandon Moss: 0-for-2
- Carlos Martinez: 0-for-1
The Cubs saw Carlos Martinez in relief on Opening Night and will take on the young right-hander for the fifth time on the season today. Martinez has put together a very good year and is coming off an excellent outing at Miller Park. Martinez gave up one run on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in eight innings. That was the longest start for Martinez since July 25. If the Cubs make him work, Martinez will run up his pitch count and be out of the game by the fifth inning.
Martinez is 0-1 in his last three starts with a 4.00 ERA and 1.50 WHIP and that includes an outing against the Cubs on Sept. 9. The Cubs pounded out 10 hits with a walk but managed only three runs. The Cubs must not let him off the hook today and cash in every possible scoring opportunity.
Carlos Martinez is 7-3 in 14 games, 13 starts, on the road with a 2.53 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Against the Cubs, Martinez is 1-0 in four games, three starts, against the Cubs with a 6.32 ERA and 1.91 WHIP (11 runs, 21 hits, nine walks, 19 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings).
Cubs Numbers against Carlos Martinez in 2015
- Chris Coghlan: 2-for-7 with one double and two walks
- Dexter Fowler: 2-for-8 with one double and one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-7 with one double, one home run and one walk
- Miguel Montero: 2-for-6 with one double and one walk
- Kris Bryant: 1-for-4 with two walks
- Addison Russell: 3-for-6
- Starlin Castro: 1-for-5
- Chris Denorfia: 2-for-4
- Tommy La Stella: 1-for-3 with one double and one walk
- Javier Baez: 2-for-3
- David Ross: 1-for-3
- Kyle Schwarber: 0-for-3
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