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Cubs meet the Cardinals with 1-0 series lead

June 25, 2022 GMT

Chicago Cubs (27-44, fourth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (40-33, second in the NL Central)

St. Louis; Saturday, 2:15 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Adrian Sampson (0-0, 1.59 ERA, .53 WHIP, five strikeouts); Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (5-5, 2.64 ERA, .97 WHIP, 69 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cardinals -200, Cubs +170; over/under is 9 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Cubs face the St. Louis Cardinals leading the series 1-0.

St. Louis has gone 21-14 in home games and 40-33 overall. The Cardinals rank seventh in the NL with 76 total home runs, averaging one per game.

Chicago has a 27-44 record overall and a 14-19 record on the road. Cubs hitters have a collective .320 on-base percentage, the sixth-ranked percentage in the NL.

The matchup Saturday is the seventh meeting between these teams this season. The season series is tied 3-3.

TOP PERFORMERS: Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 17 home runs while slugging .618. Brendan Donovan is 12-for-38 with three doubles and five RBI over the last 10 games.

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Ian Happ has 16 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 36 RBI for the Cubs. Christopher Morel is 10-for-39 with a double, two home runs and five RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 4-6, .257 batting average, 3.66 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs

Cubs: 4-6, .256 batting average, 5.83 ERA, outscored by 24 runs

INJURIES: Cardinals: Drew VerHagen: 15-Day IL (shoulder), T.J. McFarland: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Tyler O’Neill: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Yadier Molina: 10-Day IL (knee), Corey Dickerson: 10-Day IL (calf), Jordan Hicks: 15-Day IL (forearm), Steven Matz: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alex Reyes: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Cubs: Daniel Norris: 15-Day IL (finger), Frank Schwindel: 10-Day IL (back), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (groin), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Marcus Stroman: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Drew Smyly: 15-Day IL (oblique), Seiya Suzuki: 10-Day IL (finger), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (covid), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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