Luke Weaver v. Mike Montgomery
The Cardinals and Cubs have nothing but time against each other, who will make it count?
The Cardinals will face the Cubs in a back-to-back series, but come Saturday, it’ll be the second part of a double-header against the “enemy” Cubs. Coming into this series, the Cardinals were drooling with a 4-6 record in their last 10, taking their season record at 48-47. Looking up at the Brewers in second place and the Cubs in first place must be a real hard pill to swallow, but the Cardinals may feel this is their chance to tell themselves they can do better, with a win against the Cubs in Wrigley Field.
The series is split at one a piece, after the Cardinals trounced the Cubs 18-5, with a stellar Matt Carpenter, who went five for five, with three home runs.
Luke Weaver (5-8, 4.72 ERA) has not been the most reliable guy this season, but with the break now come and gone, will be feeling a renewed sense of self.
Before the series, the Cubs were on little wave, going 7-3 in their last 10. Unlike the other Chicago team, the Cubs (56-39) is seriously looking at the postseason with intent, and the fifth best record in the majors is not that bad of a line.
After taking the opener of the series in a close affair, the Cubs let themselves fall in the trap of some cockiness and got a rude 18-5 wakeup call in the second game, with a Jon Lester that was so unlike himself, giving away two of Carpenter’s three home runs.
Left-handed pitcher Montgomery (3-3, 3.91 ERA) will be the man to go against Weaver in the third game at Wrigley Field as the Cubs will look to set right what went wrong in game two.
While the Cubs may be in the best position of the two teams, not letting a cycle of losses streak may be key in the long run, else it may just signal the start of a breakdown, but we don’t see the Cubs buckling in such a fashion.