August 11th 2016 the Chicago cubs are 12 games up on the St.Louis Cardinals and the rest of the National League Central. The Cubs and Cardinals meet up for a four game series beginning tonight at 7 pm at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester is on the mound tonight for the Chicago Cubs, he is 12-4 on the season with a 2.93 era. Lester is coming off a win over the Oakland Athletic’s his last time out in which he gave up two runs over seven innings. The Cubs have won Lester’s last four starts and Lester is pitching at Wrigley Field where he boast’s a 1.99 era and a 6-2 record. The Cubs are in seek of there 10th straight win and look to put even more distance between them and the rest of the division. The St.Louis Cardinals are 4-6 is there last 10 games and coming off a series win vs the Cincinnati Reds who are in last place in the National League Central. Al lot is at stake tonight for the Cardinals as they are tied with the Miami Marlins for the last wild card spot in the National League. Carlos Martinez is pitching for the Cardinals tonight,he is 10-7 on the season with a 3.29 era. Martinez’s last start did not go very well as he allowed a season high seven runs vs the Atlanta Braves. Martinez however is pitching very well on the road in 2016 with a 6-1 record and a 2.28 era.
The last time these two teams played was back in June a few weeks before the all star break. The St. Louis Cardinals started a 4 game losing streak for the Cubs as they swept a three game series at Wrigley Field. John Lackey, Jason Hammel, and Jake Arrieta all took losses in that series, even though all three pitchers pitched well and didn’t allow many runs. The Cubs offense looks to keep things rolling as they have been averaging 4 or more runs a game during this 9 game win streak. The Cubs pitching staff has been keeping teams in check and going deep into games which has been a big reason for this success. A look back at the schedule and the cubs have only lost one game in there past 13 games. October is approaching soon and the Cubs seem to have the division wrapped up with a third of the season left. No reason to let off the gas pedal though because having there playoff run go through Chicago would be a big help to this Cubs team. Home field advantage is always a good thing and to win in front of Cub fans would go along way with a 108 year drought with no world series title.