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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Saturday 5/5, 1:15 CT

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The Cubs look to even up their series with the Cardinals.

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Saturday notes:

  • The Cubs began this season by averaging exactly six runs per game in their first 20 contests through April 24. Since then, the team has averaged just two runs per game over the last nine (18 total runs). The Cubs have scored three or fewer runs in nine straight games for the first time since an 11-game run from April 29-May 9, 2006.
  • Fielding woes: The Cubs have allowed nine unearned runs in their last seven games, including three in the second inning Friday, after giving up just six in the club’s first 22 games of the season. The Cubs’ 15 unearned runs allowed this season are fifth-most in MLB, behind the Padres (21), Orioles (19), Rangers (17) and Yankees (16).
  • Some good news: Cubs pinch-hitters were 3-for-3 with a RBI in Friday’s game, and are now batting .371 (13-for-35) with a homer and 10 RBI this season. The .371 average is second-highest among a team’s pinch-hitters (Blue Jays, .389) while the 10 RBI are tied for the major league lead with the Dodgers.
  • Cubs starting pitchers have not allowed an earned run in six of the team’s last eight games to lower the rotation’s season ERA from 4.98 after play on April 25 to 3.91 entering today’s contest.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Cardinals lineup:

Tyler Chatwood, RHP vs. Luke Weaver, RHP

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Tyler Chatwood started against the Cardinals April 17 at Wrigley Field. Despite allowing only one hit, he had to be removed in the fifth inning because he’d allowed seven walks.

Over Chatwood’s last two starts, he’s allowed only six hits in 13 innings... but eight walks. That’s a pretty good WHIP of 1.077, but still too many walks. Chatwood has allowed only one run in those 13 innings, which is really good.

Just please, cut down on the walks.

The Cubs pounded Luke Weaver pretty hard April 19 at Wrigley Field. They had nine hits and scored six runs off him. Perhaps the Cubs will remember that game and remember how to score runs.

In Weaver’s two starts since then, he’s allowed eight hits, eight walks and eight earned runs in 10 total innings, facing the Mets and Pirates.

Today’s game is on ABC7 Chicago.

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

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The 2018 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used during 2017. Here's how it works.

You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).

At the same time, a StoryStream containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game's StoryStream as noted above.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.