Chicago visits St. Louis following Alzolay’s strong showing

Chicago Cubs (23-22, second in NL Central) versus St. Louis Cardinals (26-19, first in NL Central)

St. Louis; Sunday, 7:08 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Zach Davies (2-2, 5.58 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 23 strikeouts) Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (2-4, 4.63 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 44 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cardinals -131, Cubs +114; over / under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Chicago starts fresh into the matchup after a strong performance by Adbert Alzolay. Alzolay threw seven innings and gave up two runs with five hits and six strikeouts against St. Louis.

The Cardinals are 13-6 against opponents from NL Central. St. Louis has completed 55 home races this season, the twelfth in the National League. Nolan Arenado leads the club at 10, averaging every 17.5 for bats.

The Cubs played 10-13 against division opponents. Chicago beat .407, good for fourth place in the National League. Kris Bryant leads the team with a slugging percentage of 0.607, including 25 extra base hits and 10 home runs.

The Cardinals won the last meeting 2-1. Genesis Cabrera took his first win and Yadier Molina went 1-3 with a home run and an RBI for St. Louis. Adbert Alzolay recorded his fourth loss for Chicago.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tommy Edman leads the Cardinals with 52 hits and has 12 RBIs.

Bryant leads the Cubs with 46 hits and has 28 RBIs.

LAST 10 MATCHES: Cardinals: 5-5, .231 batting average, 4.09 ERA, exceeded by 11 runs

Cubs: 6-4, .284 batting average, 2.69 ERA, outperformed opponents by 21 runs

INJURIES: Cardinals: Andrew Miller: (toe), Miles Mikolas: (forearm), Dakota Hudson: (right elbow), Jordan Hicks: (elbow), Tyler O’Neill: (fingers), Paul DeJong: (side).

Cubs: Rowan Wick: (oblique), Justin Steele: (thigh), Alec Mills: (lower back), Shelby Miller: (back), Trevor Megill: (forearm), Jonathan Holder: (shoulder), Jake Marisnick: (thigh )), Jason Heyward: (hamstring), Austin Romine: (left wrist).

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The Associated Press created this story using Sportradar technology and data provided by Data Skrive.

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