Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis by Sors

The Chicago Cubs will send to the mound Jason Hammel (10-7 with a 3.74 ERA), who pitched well in his last start, in which the right-hander yielded 5 hits over five scoreless innings of a 5-3 win at Cincinnati on Oct. 1, with five strikeouts.


Hammel, however, surrendered at least three earned runs in each of his previous six starts, including 4 hits and 3 runs, with four walks over six innings of an 8-5 win at “Busch Stadium” on Sept. 8.


The 33-year-old right-hander has posted a 5.76 ERA in five career starts versus St. Louis and is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in three starts against the Cardinals in 2015.


Jason Heyward is hitting. 500 (9-for-18), with a double, 1 RBI and a walk off Hammel, Yadier Molina is 6-for-13, with three doubles, 2 RBI and a walk, Jhonny Peralta is 9-for-23, with 2 HR, 8 RBI and two walks, Matt Holliday is 4-for-11, with three doubles and two walks, while Randal Grichuk is 2-for-6, with a homer and 3 RBI in the matchup.


Hammel is 0-1 with a 4.80 ERA in three career postseason starts.


The Cubs have totaled 14 runs and 19 hits in the last two games of this series, but now Chicago will face John Lackey (13-10 with a 2.77 ERA), who was outstanding in Game 1, allowing just 2 hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a 4-0 win at “Busch Stadium” last Friday.


It’s not a surprise actually, given the fact that the veteran right-hander has posted a 1.25 ERA in three starts against the Cubs during the regular season and is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his last six starts versus Chicago.


Jorge Soler is 4-for-8, with a walk off Lackey, Chris Coghlan is 8-for-17, with a double, 2 RBI and a walk, Austin Jackson is 5-for-13, with 2 RBI and a walk, while Miguel Montero is 4-for-15, with two doubles, 2 RBI and a walk, but Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro and Chris Denorfia are a combined 6-for-36.


Addison Russell left in the fourth inning yesterday with tightness in his left hamstring and can be replaced by Javier Baez.Russell is 3-for-9 with a walk off Lackey, while Baez is 0-for-8.


I think that St. Louis will manage to win the fourth game of this series.


Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
St. Louis Pinnacle 2.15 8 6-4 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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