2:20 pm
August 23

Cardinals @ Cubs (Game 1)

Who will WIN this matchup?

St. Louis Cardinals (69-51)

@ Chicago Cubs (52-68)


Starting Pitchers:

Wainwright (STL): 9-8; 3.11 ERA

Assad (CHC) 0-0; 0.00 ERA


Current odds:

St. Louis Cardinals: (-192)

Chicago Cubs: (+162)


• The starting line-up for the Cardinals for game 1 is as follows:

Today’s lineup verses the Cubs
Right Field Lars Nootbaar
Left Field Drendan Donovan
1st Base  Paul Goldschmidt
3rd Base Nolan Arenado
2nd Base Nolan Gorman
Designated Hitter Albert Pujols
Shortstop Paul DeJong
Catcher Yadier Molina
Center Field Dylan Carlson
Starting Pitcher Adam Wainwright

• The starting line-up for the Cubs for game 1 is as follows:

Game one: Cubs vs Cardinals, 1:20 p.m. CDT on Marquee Sports Network, MLBN and 670 The Score. McKinstry leads off at second base, Hoerner at shortstop, Happ in left field, Suzuki in right field, Reyes the designated hitter, Ortega in center field, Gomes catching, Higgins at first base, Morel at third base, Javier Assad makes the start. Have a great day! Pictured: Ian Happ thanks fans in the left field bleachers after hitting his 100th home run. Bleacher Jeff bangs on the Ozo sign. (Photo: Jake Aks/MLB)

• Just shy of his 41st birthday, Adam Wainwright continues to excel for the St. Louis Cardinals. He’s also been pretty solid against the Chicago Cubs, as of late. Set to make his 450th appearance, Wainwright aims to help the surging Cardinals extend their season-high winning streak to nine games in the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the host Cubs.

• Wainwright (9-8, 3.11 ERA), who turns 41 on Aug. 30, ranks among the major league leaders in ERA and innings (150 1/3) this season, and is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his last five starts. He yielded just one run over 16 innings of his last two, and three hits without a walk, while striking out seven over seven stellar frames, during St. Louis’ 13-0 home rout of Colorado on Thursday.

• Things have gone quite well for Wainwright against the Cubs in recent seasons. Since September 2020, the right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA in five starts versus Chicago. He’s yielded two runs over 14 innings in two 2022 outings, including seven scoreless on Aug. 2.

• Wainwright’s teammate and fellow ageless-wonder Albert Pujols clubbed a grand slam in Thursday’s blowout against the Rockies. The 42-year-old Pujols’ 693rd home run of his career was the difference in Monday’s 1-0 victory — the Cardinals’ 17th win in 20 games and fourth straight over Chicago.

• Pujols, who has hit 30 career homers at Wrigley Field, is 17-for-31 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 10 games.

• It’s likely Chicago’s Javier Assad (0-0, 0.00 ERA), slated to make his major league debut in Game 1 after posting a 2.66 ERA in 23 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season, will have to deal with Pujols.

• Chicago All-Star Ian Happ is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts in his last three games, but is batting .333 (9-for-27) with four homers and two doubles versus Wainwright.

• St. Louis is 8-4 against Chicago in 2022.

StreakSmarter Pick
St. Louis Cardinals