Scouting report Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field
ESPN Thursday; NBC Sports Chicago Friday; WGN Saturday afternoon; FOX Saturday night; ABC 7 Sunday
The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks (6-8) vs. Carlos Martinez (6-5) Thursday at 6:05 p.m.; Jon Lester (12-2) vs. Jack Flaherty (3-4) Friday at 1:20 p.m.; Mike Montgomery (3-3) or Tyler Chatwood (3-5) vs. Luke Weaver (5-8) Saturday at 12:05 p.m.; Montgomery or Chatwood vs. John Grant (3-3) Saturday at 6:15 p.m.; Jose Quintana (8-6) vs. Miles Mikolas (10-3) Sunday at 1:20 p.m.
At a glance:
The Cardinals endured a tumultuous first half, which culminated with the firing of manager Mike Matheny. Mike Shildt too over as interim manager as the Cardinals begin their search for a permanent boss. The Cubs are 3-5 against the Cardinals, 1-1 at Wrigley Field. Saturday afternoon game is a makeup of an April rainout. Jose Martinez and Matt Carpenter lead a St. Louis offense that is in the bottom half in several key offensive categories. Martinez is at .297/.363/.476 with 13 homers and 56 RBI. Carpenter is at .263/.373/.530 with 19 homers and 43 RBI. Shortstop Paul DeJong, a graduate of Antioch High School is back off the disabled list. He has 8 homers and 19 RBI in 49 games played. The Cubs lead the NL in runs scored, batting average and on-base percentage.
Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field, Monday-Thursday
-- Bruce Miles