Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Preview: Cardinals vs. Cubs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Preview: Cardinals vs. Cubs

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SCOUTING REPORT * The two highest-scoring teams in the majors, entering Sunday's play, will match up. The Cardinals have scored 85 runs in 12 games and the Cubs 71, although the Cubs have the better differential at plus-40, to the Cardinals' plus-35. ... The Cardinals had an 11-8 regular-season edge in games against the Cubs last year but, counting the postseason triumph by the Cubs, it was only 12-11. In the last five seasons at Busch, the Cardinals are 34- 15 against the Cubs, including postseason play.

Righthander John Lackey, who beat the Cubs in Game 1 of the playoffs last year but was out early in Game 4 when pitching on three days' rest, will face the Cardinals for the first time since he beat them in the decisive Game 6 of the 2013 World Series while employed by Boston. Lackey, at 2. …

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