Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals at Cubs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals at Cubs

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Scouting report * Coming off a series split with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cardinals will make their first trip to Wrigley Field this season to take on the division-rival Cubs. The second-place Cardinals sit 1 games in front of the Cubs in the NL Central standings, as the Cubs enter the series on a six-game losing streak.

Both teams have struggled over the first two months of the season, as they each possess a run differential of zero the Cardinals have both scored and allowed 212 runs this year, while the Cubs have tallied 240 runs in each column. In 2016, both teams had two of the best run differentials in baseball, with the Cardinals at plus-67 and the world-champion Cubs at a whopping plus-252.

The Cardinals' starting rotation continues to be a strength, as the team lowered its-already league-low staff ERA to 3. …

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