MLB 2016 Game #3: Cardinals vs. CubsTonight, we get to see long-time division rivals battle in a meaningful series at Wrigley Field. As we begin the first full day of summer, the Chicago Cubs (47-21, .691) maintain the best record in Major League Baseball and hold a convincing lead over every team in the National League Central Division. While sitting in second place, the St. Louis Cardinals (36-33, .522) are 11.5 games off the pace. During April and May, the Cubs won four of six against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Last night during the series opener, the Cardinals defeated the Cubs, 3-2.
Adam Wainwright (5-4, 4.78 ERA), the three-time All-Star, will take the mound for the Cardinals. During his last start, the 34-year-old Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings against the Houston Astros.
The Cubs will answer with Jason Hammel (7-2, 2.26 ERA). The 33-year-old is off to a fantastic start. During Hammel's last start, the righty allowed only one run over seven innings to the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. Hammel's was the only Cubs win of the series.
In their last 10 games, the Cardinals are 5-5. During that same span, the Cubs are 6-4. The Cardinals are performing better away from St. Louis this season with 21-12 road record. Despite dropping last night's game, the Cubs are dominant at the Friendly Confines with 25-9 mark.
Fun Fact: The last time I saw the Cubs and Cardinals live was on Sunday, September 23, 2012. The Cardinals picked up a 6-3 win at Wrigley Field as Kyle Lohse recorded his 16th win of the season.